Tesla Model 3 is the world’s best-selling electric car with more than 5 lakh units sold since its launch in 2017
Tesla Model 3 has joined the fleet of Thailand National Police Agency. As per info posted on the official website of Thai police, a total of seven Tesla Model 3 Performance cars have been leased for a period of five years. All cars have been customized to include a range of police equipment such as light bars and computers. These were delivered at Thai police headquarters located in Dusit, Bangkok.
Adding Tesla Model 3 cars to its fleet has been a costly initiative for Thai police, as the agency had to pay a total amount of USD 2.7 million (Rs 20.8 crore). This translates into around USD 386,000 per car (Rs 2.96 crore), which is exponentially higher.
In the US market, Tesla Model 3 Performance retails at a base price of USD 56,990 (Rs 43.84 lakh). Thai police had to pay a much higher price because electric cars in Thailand are quite expensive. The average price of an electric car in Thailand comes at around USD 64,675. Electric cars are even more expensive in Singapore, where average price is USD 110,326.
Tesla Model 3 Performance cars leased by Thai police will be used as lead vehicles in VVIP motorcades. They are unlikely to be used for high-speed chases, even though Model 3 Performance is fully equipped for that job. The car comes with a 75 kWh battery pack that supplies power to dual motors connected in an all-wheel drive configuration. Max power is 450 hp and max torque is 639 Nm. The car can reach 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 261 kmph. EPA certified range is 518 km.
Tesla cars are being used by government agencies in other countries as well. For example, Taiwan military had placed orders for 20 units of Tesla Model 3. In the US, Tesla cars have been acquired by Westport Police Department in Connecticut, Bargersville Police Department in Indiana and Fremont Police Department.
Tesla’s main production facility is also located in Fremont. While Bargersville and Westport have Model 3 Performance in their fleet, Fremont has Model S 85. Dubai police, meanwhile, has plans to add a Tesla Cybertruck to its fleet.
Tesla cars are proving advantageous for police forces as they have low maintenance and fuel costs. Savings amount to thousands of dollars per year for each Tesla car added to the fleet. This helps save a lot of taxpayer’s money. Tesla cars also score higher than gas-powered cars in terms of environment friendliness and sustainability.
Tesla Model 3 is one of the safest cars in the world. It has received 5-star safety rating from top agencies such as NHTSA (US), Euro NCAP, and ANCAP.