Hollywood loves to give police officers badass cars. Do you remember the 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT that Max Rockatansky drove in Mad Max (1979)? Or the 1957 Plymouth Belvedere from The California Kid (1974)? More recently, the Fast & Furious saga featured some really cool police cars like the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, which was the first car driven by Brian aka Paul Walker.
In real life, Dubai takes the crown for the most impressive police cars. Tourists and residents have discovered that Dubai uses luxury vehicles like the Bugatti Veyron, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, the Bentley Continental GT, the Maserati GranTurismo, the Aston Martin One-77, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Tesla Cybertruck and the Lamborghini Aventador as police cars. For those who’ve envisioned a society where cops can afford to buy and drive flashy luxury cars, these are the best electric cars that would make awesome police cars.
10 Tesla Cybertruck
Dubai police now operate one of the most impressive fleets in the world, and in 2019, the city opted to include the Tesla Cybertruck in its collection. Considering that quick supercars and hypercars are a common sight in the U.A.E., the choice makes sense. Let’s face it, you can’t chase a Bugatti Veyron in a Chevrolet Impala.
9 Drako GTE
If everyone is switching to electric vehicles, even police departments should choose a hypercar like the Drako GTE to liven up the situation. The quad motors can generate 1,200 horsepower and 6,491 lb-ft of torque. Given that the Drako GTE can travel at a top speed of 206 mph, you can be sure that the bad guys won’t be able to flee from a highway pursuit.
8 Nio EP9
Another badass electric car that would be an excellent choice for police departments around the world is the Nio EP9 (Electric Performance 9). According to the Nio website, this is “one of the fastest electric cars in the world.”
On February 2017, the EP9 set an autonomous lap record at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where it finished the lap in 02:40.330. Equally impressive, this beast reaches the top speed of 194.5 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. It’s also worth noting that the EP9 is not road legal, and the vehicles sold thus far, went to Nio investors.
7 Mercedes-Benz EQE 53 4Matic+
Since gearheads can see Mercedes-Benz police cars frequently on German roads, the thought of using the EQE 53 4Matic+ as a police vehicle is not outlandish. If the police force selects this stunning sedan with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS Package, it will get a maximum total output of 505 kW (687 hp) and maximum total torque of 737 lb-ft.
Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz EQE 53 4Matic+ with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS Package can speed up from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds and reach the top speed of 149 mph.
6 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The FBI Police’s fleet has reportedly been expanded by the addition of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, according to Ford Authority.
“Ford doesn’t currently build and sell dedicated Mach-E police vehicles, but did create one prototype based on the high-performance GT that became the first EV to pass Michigan State Police testing last September,” says Ford Authority.
5 Tesla Model Y
Due to the vehicle’s performance, high level of craftsmanship, brand recognition, and on-board technology, Tesla EVs enjoy huge popularity in the U.S. In this context, it is understandable that even the police of Somerset in Wisconsin wanted to have a Tesla in the fleet. Electrek says the police of Somerset purchased a Tesla Model Y cruiser, which according to Joel Trepczyk, Somerset PD Chief, will save the town a lot go money over the next decade.
“The vehicle was purchased using American Rescue Plan Act funds. We also applied funding from an LEA grant, as well as donations to the purchase. The purchase price of the vehicle was around $60,000. More importantly, it’s projected to save our village over $80,000 throughout its 10-year duty cycle,” said Trepczyk.
4 Audi RS E-Tron GT
The 2023 Audi RS e-tron GT has an MSRP of $143,900, so it might not be the right vehicle for a small town’s police force, but it is unquestionably a fantastic option for large cities with substantial budgets, like New York or Miami. The Audi RS e-tron GT has an EPA-estimated range of 232 miles, and the battery charges from 5 percent to 80 percent at a public DC fast charger in roughly 22.5 minutes. Additionally, it can speed up from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and generate 637 horsepower.
3 Porsche Taycan Turbo S
Another German vehicle that would make an excellent choice for a police car is the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. This EV has an EPA-estimated driving range of 222 miles and can speed up from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds. Additionally, it produces 750 horsepower (560 kW).
2 Lotus Evija
This splendid all-electric hypercar speeds up from 0 to 62 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in under nine seconds. The Evija also generates 1,500 kW and 1,704 of torque. As for speed, Lotus has electronically limited the top speed to 218 mph.
“Lotus Evija production limited to just 130 cars – in tribute to its Lotus ‘Type’ number, 130,” says the Lotus press release. Evidently, police departments need to move fast if they want to purchase one of these British hypercars.
1 Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla enthusiasts may rejoice since the Model S Plaid is another excellent EV option for police fleets. The 2023 model year comes with a steep MSRP of $114,990. However, for this price, you’ll get a superfast electric vehicle that reaches the top speed of 200 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds. Furthermore, the 2023 Model S Plaid has an EPA-estimated range of 396 miles.
Sources: Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, Audi, Electrek, Ford Authority, NIO, Drako Motors, the National News, Twitter, Lotus Cars, and Tesla.