The Connellsville Police Department in Pennsylvania has just taken delivery of the very first electric motor driven police cruiser in the United States. The test carÂ is a 2000 Chevy Impala police cruiser belonging to the department that volunteered for the risky procedure (okay, so it is not Robocop). Coherent Systems International Corp. performed the modifications to the cruiser at their own cost and just recently returned the cruiser to the Connellsville Police Department.
Coherent Systems confirmed that the electric police cruiser will maintain its charge for a full 8 hour shift and can be easily recharged by just plugging it into the wall. So instead of paying the price of an 8 hour shifts use of gas the car will be running on approximately .35 cents worth of electricity per shift.
While the price of the electric police cruiser is something that Coherent Systems would prefer to keep to themselves, there aim is to use the Connellsville cruiser as a test model. Already other government agencies within Pennsylvania and across the country are inquiring as to how they can acquire their own electric cruiser. As the demand for the cars rises Coherent Systems belief is that the costs for the all electric cruisers and the technologies that operate them will come down to something close to the current cost of a gasoline powered police cruiser.
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