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    Iím not surprised they jacked up at that - we have more than that on patrol in our comparatively small town. Although they did get shot at last night! They had to hide in the McDonalds store, but not sure if they were in there before or after the shooting started. 😁


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    I think they are putting more cars on the road now. As for your local boys in blue, that doesn't sound like a fun day at the office!
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    I bet it wasnít, but they did get the bastards within a couple of hours. 👍


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    Quote Originally Posted by cripesamighty View Post
    The hypothetical comes from having members of your family who are traffic police, and they tell you that on some nights there may be only one or two cars patrolling the entirety of Perth's northern suburbs. If you are the only car on patrol, or your backup is 25km away (which may well be ICE powered with twice your range), then maybe Murphy will have a laugh at your expense!

    Edit: Hypothetically, this may or may not have happened several times and the officers involved spat the chewy and demanded more cars on patrol, budget or no budget.....
    Fairly ridiculous argument, 450km is more than enough for one shift .

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    I think 450km range might be ok for a Tesla passenger car or a Tesla taxi shift, but maybe not a Tesla Police pursuit cars shift, hence why Qld trialed it and dropped it for the time being. Operationally, EV's will definitely have their place, but you might have forgotten how hard those cars get driven sometimes! The range goes down quite a bit when EV's get thrashed. That's not even taking into account overtime demands (sometimes hours worth), or handing over cars from one shift to the next (charge times vs availability?). Also, if you are stationed in the country that range is hardly acceptable. Don't get me wrong, I think they are great assets to have in the local Police inventory, but range anxiety will play a part every once in a while. It would be foolish to think otherwise.

    Most if not all police cars need the motor running to keep the lights on if called out to an incident, even with rooftop LED's. Many a cop has turned off the engine when called out to a traffic accident, with the car set up as a roadblock, with the headlights switched on and rooflights required to be flashing for hours at a time and then the lights go out - to much embarrassment, especially at night. From what I have been told, you only forget to leave the car running once!

    Stepping into this specialised role the Tesla would be used as a work vehicle, with extra electrical demands (lights plus electronics - radios and other gadgets etc) placed on it, plus possible frequent hard driving. The situation will often present itself as not a 'range' issue per se, but available battery capacity to do the job - safely. The Tesla site is fun to have a play with the online settings when configuring a car. The range goes up or down depending on outside air temps, speed being driven, using ludicrous mode, running the aircon or heater, turning on lights, size of tyres chosen, etc. If/when available, the Rivian's 600km range in a Tesla would probably cover most eventualities!

    However, I still think it's a good start though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    Iím not surprised they jacked up at that - we have more than that on patrol in our comparatively small town. Although they did get shot at last night! They had to hide in the McDonalds store, but not sure if they were in there before or after the shooting started. 😁
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    McCafe do donuts....
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    Electric Jesus has done it again...

    Tesla in the news again - Tesla owner who saw range slashed by software update filed class action lawsuit - Electrek

    John Cadogan has a good little video up on YouTube at the moment about it. 😁


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    Love the concept and all EVís should have some solar on them to assist but it is a bit of a token gesture really but at $135K! Holy ****! Not sure why they think itís worth that for 50KM per day extra from the solar panels in ideal conditions.

    Other major OEMís are miles in front of these guys. Audiís EV motor plant is already producing components and is world class, not just a CH animation and their stuff is selling MUCH cheaper. Glueing a few solar panels to the roof doesnít make it worth those dollars.

    While I commend the effort I think the major players will overtake all of these start ups in pretty short order in the next couple of years with the billions being poured into R&D.


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