> Jimmy Cincinnati Wrote:
> 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
> 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
Yeah for sure I get it. And you're not wrong, I just wanted to express that there's a lot more to it. And sure a base Tesla is more than the malibu, but it's pretty comparable to the more popular chargers and crwn vics. especially considering incentives. Then when you look at like the police SUV's (which tbh are usually pretty unnecessary for a dude to just sit in all day watching cars go by waiting for prey) they're a whole additional malibu more expensive than even the fancier Model S 85's (100-115k for the ford interceptor SUV's vs 80k for tesla S w bigger 85 battery)
And for working on it, most shops actually can do most of the maintenance, that's a big advantage for electrics - they rarely need engine work; all you're left with is the brake and tire and general maintenance that's roughly the same for any car.
I think alotta aftermarket demand is down too because you have these great incentives for new but nothing for used. But you can get a used leaf or something pretty cheap still anyway.
Point is, and we agree on this: police waste alotta money that'd be better spent elsewhere. But buying an electric instead of traditional I don't think is a worthwhile thing to complain about given the minor (and argually financially beneficial) impact of that choice versus a plethora of other issues.