San Antonio police put Tesla, Ford electric cars to the test – mySA

The San Antonio Police Department plans to spend funds on Tesla and Ford electric vehicles to see if they can handle police work. 

The city council approved contracts with Silsbee Ford and Telsa Inc. totaling over $121,000 for a Ford Mustang Mach-E and 2022 Tesla Model Y Long Range. They will be tested by SAPD to see if they are suited for “law enforcement use” in the fleet, according to agenda documents. 

District 1 Councilman Mario Bravo applauded the purchase, wishing that the city could move fast in the direction of using electric vehicles. 

“This is progress,” Bravo said. “And I look forward to seeing how these test vehicles work out for SAPD.”

Police will also be testing out this electric Ford Mustang Mach-E on the streets. 

Police will also be testing out this electric Ford Mustang Mach-E on the streets. 

Courtesy of Ford

The vehicles are part of a larger $1.5 million vehicle replacement package that was approved. The city purchased a total of 50 electric and hybrid vehicles for public works, parks and recreation, development services, fire department, and two other city departments.

Council members didn’t say if any police department facilities have chargers installed.

Production and import issues have put Tesla Inc. and its Austin and Berlin factories in a bad spot. Its billionaire CEO and prospective Twitter owner said in an interview on Wednesday, June 22, that both of those factories are “gigantic money furnaces” that are burning billions of dollars.

Musk said the Austin factory is only producing a “tiny” amount of cars.  


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