London’s Metropolitan Police is now testing its first liveried electric range extender response vehicle as part of a six-month trial which will assess the potential for such vehicles to join its regular fleet.
The BMW i3 Range Extender test vehicle has been being loaned to the MPS by BMW and will be used by response policing teams across the boroughs of Westminster, Greenwich, and Bexley.
Scotland Yard says it’s the first electric range extender model to be used by a UK police service.
In addition to the standard testing and evaluation tools, officers will report back on their experience of using the vehicle during regular patrolling duties.
Terry Hunt, Director of Centrally Delivered Support Services in the MPS, said: “The i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven approach of the Met.
“As an organisation we are committed to keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible and innovative pilots such as this provide us with real-time experience of how that might be achieved.”