A Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Nelson ofGloucestershire Constabulary came out to the world as an EV sceptic this week. Over this article we will take his comments made to the Local Democracy Service and show how wrong he is.
PCC Chris Nelson’s Comments
In a little more detail, Nelson added, "The design options available for electric vehicles for operational uses are not perhaps as advanced as I would like them to be.”
Not What Tesla has Seen on Patrol
Where it comes to charging, Toozs-Hobson wentout on patrol with a response team who connected up to a 150kW Supercharger and got 70% of charge in just 20 minutes. This freed up the car for six more hours of patrol.
There are other important factors too.Maintenance costs were minimal on the response car. For example they changed the brake pads after 10,000 miles just to see how much wear they had, and found just 20% of the pads had gone. The 10,000 mile service required a new set of tyres
other than that.
A final point, not mentioned in the LinkedInpost, is that police love these cars to drive due to their performance. Their lumpy old BMWs haven’t a chance against them where it comes to acceleration, and acceleration can be key in doing things like overtaking a bad guy’s car to attempt a stop.
ZAP ME to the Rescue?
For those who do have reservations as to needingenough range - perhaps needing a team to have full batteries ahead of an ambush on the motorway - ZPN Energy have a product that could help.
The ZAPME mobile charging unit can be carried by a Transit van and provide a stop team with a fullcharge in just a few minutes before the operation. Offering up to 150kW of power, the unit can add plenty of juice to the team’s batteries even if the bad guy spots them and hares it up the motorway to escape. While these moments are rare, the old saying ‘Proper preparation prevents piss-ups’ goes in all operational planning. Wouldn’t it make sense to have a ZAP ME unit back at the station, ready for those eventualities?