A British police department that has embraced the usage of electric vehicles has operating limitations when there is no charging station nearby.
Chris Nelson, the police and crime commissioner for Gloucestershire, made the disclosure, according to the Daily Mail.
The issue arises more frequently when cops are in rural regions, he stated.
Nelson stated that his department, which has a bigger proportion of electric cars than any other agency, occasionally faces scenarios in which an officer must switch vehicles before arriving at the scene of an emergency.
Nelson walked a fine line in a recent conversation with a local legislator, emphasizing that the vehicles have flaws but not dismissing the “go green” concept.
“We’ve all got to go towards electric vehicles moving forwards,” he said, adding, “The design options available for electric vehicles for operational uses are not perhaps as advanced as I would like them to be.”
“So, let’s put it like this, I’m cautious about going any further down that road at this stage,” he said.
Nelson remarked that an officer’s real-world demands on a vehicle might strain its capabilities.
“I’d like to see more operational choice so that, for instance, if an officer is out in a rural area on a road traffic accident and his lights are on, his radio is on, his heater is on, I wouldn’t want him to run out of power for all of those different facilities, simply because he or she is in an electric car,” he added.
He stated that he has received instances of electric vehicles “running out of puff and then having to get another vehicle.”
“I’ve heard lots of problems with officers driving around in electric vehicles having problems trying to find recharging facilities,” he added.
He indicated that policing and the green goal may not always be compatible.
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‘So, although the world is going down that road and I fully understand and support climate controls and green areas, it’s definitely an important thing but my first priority is to fight crime. And therefore, I have to take the operational effect into account,” he said.
Concerns over the use of electric vehicles by law enforcement are not new. In 2019, a Fremont, California, police officer reported that he was unable to continue the pursuit in his electric vehicle, according to The Drive. CONTINUE READING…