Geneva Bosques, spokesperson for the Fremont PD, made it clear that the Department is still bullish on its Tesla. The vehicle of the suspect was later found abandoned in San Jose. That night, Hartman was driving his department's one and only Tesla patrol auto, part of a six-month pilot program the Fremont Police Department was studying in an attempt to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.
Not specifically because of the Tesla's battery level, mind you, but because that's what police officers do when they're involved in a potentially unsafe pursuit.
During a shift this week, Fremont Police officer Jesse Hartman was forced to abandon a high-speed chase involving a fleeing suspect.
Geneva Bosques, a spokeswoman for the Fremont Police Division, stated the patrol vehicle was pushed to a charging station in San Jose after which returned to Fremont. The vehicle of the suspect was later found in San José.
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Roadshow connected with the Fremont Police Department for input and were revealed to it's hazy why the Tesla wasn't charged that specific day. "This unfortunately happens from time to time even in our vehicles that run on gas, if they aren't re-fuelled at the end of a shift". "We are easily able to make it through an 11-hour shift with battery power to spare".
According to the East Bay Times, the vehicle wasn't fully charged at the beginning of the shift, like it's supposed to be. It's handling well", said Bosques, adding that this could have happened with any vehicle, gas or electric."We do run out of gas [on pursuits]. In July, Fremont Police Capt. Sean Washington said things were going well with the Tesla pilot project. The Tesla squad vehicle squeezed up in San Jose before coming back to the station. Those requirements include hard on and off braking and acceleration, as well as good steering and the ability to drive 40 to 70 miles daily, the department said.
Fremont's police department became the first police agency in the nation to incorporate a Tesla into its patrol fleet, and has been monitoring how the vehicle performs as part of a pilot program, the findings of which are expected to be reported to the city council soon.