The police department is working with the city's Sustainability Division and Public Works to achieve an entirely electric fleet of vehicles by 2030. The City Council voted 3-2 on Oct. 26 to replace six gas-powered police vehicles with hybrid Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles, purchase three Teslas to be fitted for duty and make a number of public works vehicle purchases. Council members Wolosin and Taylor were opposed.
Each Tesla was expected to cost between $108,000 and $116,000 after being outfitted for public safety patrol. The pilot program also included an electric Chevy Bolt for use as a code enforcement vehicle and several electric public works vehicles. The total cost for the program was around $1.6 million.
Menlo Park police could not be reached for comment by The Almanac's Wednesday press deadline.
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