Last week, BMW i and Los Angeles Police Department announced a partnership which will provide BMW i3 electric vehicles to the police force in Southern California. The BMW i3 test vehicle, which sports the famous LAPD black and white livery, complete with rooftop light-bar, will undergo a year of rigorous testing. It will also be featured at public events throughout the loan period. The LAPD will have access to the large, conveniently located network of BMW i Centers, making servicing of an i3 fleet convenient and cost effective.
Not announced in the initial press release were also a small fleet of BMW i8 police cars. Jeff U’Ren provides us with some photos of the special livery found on the progressive hybrid sports car which features the same black and white wrap seen on all the LAPD cars. No other technical changes were made, so the i8 still sports the same 362 horsepower output from its innovative hybrid drivetrain.
Tesla has also joined forces with LAPD and their Model S electric vehicles will be used to chase and stop the bad guys for the next twelve months.