Taiwan’s first Tesla police cars debut in Kaohsiung City

Police received two Tesla electric cars to be used as police cars at a handover ceremony in Kaohsiung City today, and they are the first Teslas to be used as police vehicles in Taiwan.

Ching Chan Optical Technology and the Tianzhen Foundation donated the two Tesla Model 3 cars worth NT$3.3 million to help police with the work of detection and prevention of crime.

One car will be used by the criminal investigation team in Hunei District, and the other will go to the Kaohsiung City Municipal Police Station.

According to Tesla data, the Model 3 dual-motor all-wheel drive can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 3.3 seconds and has a range of 619 kilometers on a single charge.

Tianzhen Foundation Chairman Chen Sung-tian said that the vehicles have less maintenance cost than traditional fossil fuel vehicles and savings can be put to good use in other public security work.

Ching Chan Optical Technology Chairman Wu Chun-nan said that the Russian-Ukrainian war has highlighted the problem of energy demand and the rising prices of oil and natural gas. The kinetic energy conversion of electric vehicles is better than fossil fuel vehicles, so that energy efficiency can be maximized, Wu said.

The Kaohsiung City Government Police Department thanked the donors, noting that the vehicles have superior performance as police vehicles, which is beneficial for maintaining social order and boosting police morale.

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