Los Angeles is looking a bit greener today. No, it's not because the city's finally solved its ongoing (lack of) water issues. Instead, the LAPD is adding a whole bunch of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to its fleet. Alongside the 128 plug-ins, the 160 electric vehicles make up the largest city-leased EV fleet in the nation. In addition to the large fleet of unnamed EV models, the Police Department is also receiving a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3 as loaner cars.
Both the Tesla and the BMW will be used in testing and evaluation roles. The knowledge and insight gained from these two vehicles will help the city determine its future needs for electric vehicles. It's an important bit of testing, as Los Angeles plans to have 50 percent of its light-duty vehicles be of the electric variety by 2017. By the year 2025, that number will rise to 80 percent.
The 288 new vehicles are being leased across a number of departments. Fire, Water and Power, and General Services will get a number of the cars, but it's the LAPD taking the bulk of them. Detectives, investigators, and administrative employees will put 100 vehicles from this new fleet order into use.