Portugal commissions world’s first Nissan Leaf electric car police fleet
"We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet,"
- Superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP
Portugal's Police has put the world's first Nissan Leaf police car fleet on the streets. The eight-car fleet will help PSP in its goal to reduce its carbon footprint.
While entities of all kinds are interested in cutting their environmental impact (or at least enjoying the cost savings of doing so), the Nissan Leaf seems like an odd choice for a police vehicle. Criminals on the run need only hit speeds of more than 90 mph (145 km/h) or distances of around 100 miles (161 km), and they'd be free.
That's probably why the PSP, which itself is focused on patrolling urban environments, will concentrate the use of the new Leafs in its Safe School Program. We're not sure of the scope of that program, but we're envisioning the Leaf driving a couple blocks to the local school, sitting parked for most of the day, and maybe making short-distance patrols around school grounds.