The Luxembourg police have announced that they are now using the Tesla Model S for two of their police patrol cars and have fitted them with police equipment, reports local news site Luxemburger Wort.
Luxembourg regulators took a long time to approve the vehicles. There were apparently problems with the new light systems and they had yet to complete high-speed tests, which were later performed at a test track in Germany.
The Model S vehicles needed to be tested at 250 km/h, which is the top speed of the performance versions of the Model S. It shouldn’t be a problem to reach it, but sustaining it for a long period of time is going to be an issue. It’s not clear what the nature of the test is other than achieving the top speed.
The two vehicles are now in operation as of last week, according to Luxemburger Wort.
One of the vehicles is used “a motorway patrol vehicle” and the other is used as part of the “Service Escortes et Contrôles (SEC)” fleet, which performs police escort duties.
In terms of range, the country is ideal for electric cars since it’s only 82 km long and 57 km wide. As for speed and acceleration, all of the latest versions of Tesla’s Model S are now quicker and faster than conventional police cars.
In Canada, Ontario Provincial Police got a Model X and Swiss Police added 7 Tesla Model X 100Ds to their fleet. In the US, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Denver Police Department are both using Model S sedans as part of their fleets. In Europe, Scotland Yard says that it is considering the vehicle as a police cruiser.