but assuming that an electric police car is automatically a waste of tax dollars shows a lack of understanding
Base Chevy Malibus start at $22,095
Base Tesla Model 3 start at $35,000 (which, admittedly is lower than expected)
I understand the police department gets special deals but the Tesla was going to be at an inflated price compared to the Malibu. Also, take into consideration that most shops are equipped to work on a Malibu however the Tesla will likely require specialized shops with specialized tools. Keep in mind there is plenty of aftermarket parts available for the regular hill billy edition malibu... I doubt there is a strong after market for the Tesla considering up until recently the base model Tesla was around $70K starting. Your average blue collar dude just cant afford to drive one meaning aftermarket demand is down.
So what i saw was... Initial cost was higher and maintenance will likely be higher. So its only fair to assume that additional tax dollars went into the enforcement of traffic laws that many Americans already feel we waste too much money on. Personally Id rather our taxes go towards infrastructure.