The BMW i3 is the first electric car chosen by the LAPD to make part of its vehicle fleet, though the 100 units order is apparently only restricted to non-emergency duties.
The BMW’s I subbrand has recently caught some wind in its sails thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department awarding the German automaker a contract to acquire 100 i3 electric cars. The model was selected from a bunch that were tested in the field earlier this year. BMW was glad to hear the i3 won the competition and says it’s because of the “combination of EPA rated best-in-class efficiency, reliability and state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive services.” BMW added the company knows well the charging infrastructure and has numerous BMW i service centers – these also played a role in the decision process. Because LAPD’s i3 vehicles will be part of the non-emergency fleet the department will use them as transportation vehicles and when involved in community outreach initiatives.
BMW will also come up with a web tool to allow the LAPD to track the i3 fleet in almost real-time. This will add to “improved deployment, utilization, and the efficient charging of their fleet of BMW i3s.” The Los Angeles officials also greeted the decision, claiming the local government should lead in such initiatives that bring a greener future to the community.