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Electric police cars struggling to reach emergencies without running out of power


ELECTRIC police cars are struggling to reach crime scenes and emergencies without running out of power.

Officers in rural areas cannot find charging points on patrol and are having to switch to petrol or diesel vehicles.

Electric police cars are struggling to reach crime scenes and emergencies without running out of power

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Electric police cars are struggling to reach crime scenes and emergencies without running out of powerCredit: Alamy

Chris Nelson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, said his force got 66 Nissan Leafs and nine Nissan NV200 vans in Februrary 2020.

He added: “I’ve heard lots of problems with officers driving around in electric vehicles trying to find recharging facilities, running out of puff and then having to get another vehicle.

“Although I fully understand and support climate controls, my first priority is to fight crime.”

He said he agreed with switching to electric vehicles but went on: “We have the largest fleet by percentage size, and that has brought its problems.

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“The design options available for electric vehicles for operational uses are not perhaps as advanced as I would like them to be.

“So, let’s put it like this, I’m cautious about going any further down that road at this stage.

“If an officer is out on a road traffic accident and his lights are on, his radio is on, his heater is on, I would not want him to run out of power simply because he is in an electric car.”





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