Electric vehicle upfitter Unplugged Performance has unveiled its inaugural Tesla Model Y Police to launch a new fleet division called “UPfit.” The Tesla-based patrol vehicle was unveiled at Tesla Takeover in California. The vehicle will be the first in several planned UPfit police-oriented models using various EV models as part of its Public Safety platform design.
“The needs of law enforcement, public safety, military, and corporate fleets are rapidly changing. EVs provide an ideal outcome of taxpayer savings, cleaner air, minimized maintenance downtime, and extreme capability on the job. Police vehicles require an always-on state to support onboard electronics and maintain a readiness to respond at a moment’s notice. As a result, 60% of all gasoline burned in internal combustion Police Vehicles occurs during idling.” –Unplugged Performance press release
While idling, a 2018 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Police Car consumes 1,633 gallons of fuel per year. Hybrids such as the 2022 Ford Interceptor Hybrid consume 730 gallons per year on average. An EV would, clearly, burn no fuel while keeping all of the on-board electronics and connection tech operating.
“In our 10 years of innovation on Tesla platforms our role has always been to push the limits, be it in motorsports, consumer applications, complete custom vehicles, and now with fleet upfitting for Police Departments. There is no doubt in our mind that the most capable, safest, most comfortable environment for an officer to spend the bulk of their day is inside a properly equipped Tesla police car. Unplugged Performance has the deepest expertise in developing holistic integrated solutions that work seamlessly with the unique Tesla ecosystem. We’re excited to introduce our UPfit division for Tesla Police Vehicles and are confident we represent the best choice for taxpayers and police officers alike.” –Ben Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance.
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