Police's Transition from Dodge to Tesla Almost Paid Off in One Year

The use of electric vehicles has already brought significant savings.

The Bargersville Police Department was the first in the United States to purchase a new Tesla Model 3 as a patrol car instead of a Dodge Charger. It has almost recouped the price difference in a year.

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Last year, the police chief of Bargersville, Indiana was the first among all police officers in the US to buy a Tesla Model 3 as a new patrol car instead of a usual Dodge Charger. The Tesla EV was more expensive ($41,945) than the Dodge ($33,612), but Todd Bertram was confident that the $ 8,333 difference could be recouped fairly quickly. And he was right, because the police transition from the Dodge to the Tesla Model 3 has almost paid off in a year.

Thanks to significantly lower operating costs, the first year of patrolling on the Model 3 brought the Bargersville police $6,755 in savings, almost matching the price difference compared to the Charger. Bertram has posted a table with costs on Twitter, from which it is noticeable that the Model 3 cannot only boast zero maintenance costs, but also the cost of electricity was much lower than the cost of gasoline. As a bonus, the Tesla Model 3 is faster and quieter than the Dodge.

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