The three Tesla Model Y cars are a part of the police department's electric vehicle pilot program. Menlo Park Police said in a tweet that the Teslas are 90% ready for pilot testing in patrol.
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.