Electric police vehicles clock up almost 1 million miles
33 electric cars belonging to West Midlands Police have clocked
up enough miles to drive around the world almost 40 times.
The original fleet of 30 Nissan Leafs, which were first leased
in 2013, has now risen to 33 in an attempt to further reduce
emissions and cut costs. They have so far driven almost 1 million
miles between them.
The small eco-friendly cars have saved the taxpayer around
£55,000 over their diesel predecessors. That's the equivalent to at
least one full-time police officer. They've also produced 255
tonnes of CO2 less than their diesel equivalents.
The Leafs are used to transport officers to appointments rather
than responding to 999 emergencies.
West Midlands Police has been rated as 'outstanding' by
independent inspectors when it comes to efficiency.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "These cars make both environmental and financial sense. They
help the force save money and keep the air we breathe as clean as
"The financial pressures faced by the force are no secret, which
is why I'm delighted these cars are doing their bit to help make
our budget stretch further.
"As well as being greener, the Nissan Leaf costs a fraction of
the cost per mile to run compared to a diesel or petrol car.
"They have the added bonus of being British built."