HB Police Department are the first in California to use Tesla Model Ys as Patrol Vehicles

As good stewards of both the environment and taxpayer dollars, the Huntington Beach City Council approved the purchase of two Tesla Model Y vehicles for the Police Department’s patrol fleet.  

The Tesla Model Y is less expensive than its counterpart, the Chevy Tahoe, and because Teslas do not require traditional oil changes, fuel filters, spark plugs, etc., the maintenance for a Tesla is far less than the estimated $3,500 of annual maintenance for a gas vehicle.  The electricity cost to power the Teslas is approximately $800 per year, which is significantly less than fuel costs for a traditional vehicle at $5,700 per year. 

Safety of the Huntington Beach Police Officers was also a high priority in the vehicle selection process.  While all vehicles used in the Police Department’s fleet have excellent safety records, the Model Y had a 5-star overall rating, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The City Council approval to purchase the 2021 Tesla Model Y makes Huntington Beach the first city to be using this type of vehicle in the State of California.  

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