In 2016, BMW of North America won a bid to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles for use in the department’s transportation fleet. The announcement came after a field trial during which a BMW i3 was evaluated alongside other EVs on the streets of Los Angeles as part of the LAPD’s every day fleet.
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The BMW i3 police cars began hitting the streets of Los Angeles the same spring badged with an LAPD insignia.
According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department spent $10 million to go green with a fleet of BMW i3 electric cars. CBS’s David Goldstein’s investigation finds, though, that many of those cars sit unused.
CBS also reports that the i3s have a very low mileage on them.
“It’s all a part of saving the Earth,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas, “going green … quite frankly, to try and save money for the community and the taxpayers.”
Deputy Chief Villegas told Goldstein he’d look into CBS’s findings, but that he considers the program a success, and hopes EVs find more use.