BMW of North America last monthannounced that it will supply the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles for use in the department’s transportation fleet.
This announcement comes after a field trial during which a BMW i3 was evaluated alongside other electric vehicles on the streets of Los Angeles as part of the LAPD’s every day fleet. Ultimately, the BMW i3 was selected because of a combination of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency] rated best-in-class efficiency, reliability and state-of-the-art ConnectedDrive services, which can be used to support fleet management applications. BMW’s extensive knowledge of charging infrastructure and the availability of a large network of BMW i centers for servicing the fleet in a convenient and cost effective way also played into the decision.
The BMW i3 police cars began hitting the streets of Los Angeles this spring badged with an LAPD insignia. As the department’s non-emergency fleet vehicles, the BMW i3s will be used throughout the department as transportation vehicles for officers and in community outreach initiatives.
BMW’s software data system will integrate with the LAPD’s fleet management system, which will allow the department to electronically receive critical vehicle data needed to effectively maintain their fleet. BMW is also designing a web tool that will allow the department to track their fleet in near real-time, contributing to improved deployment, utilization, and the efficient charging of their fleet of BMW i3s.
Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based distributed energy resource solutions, will supply 100 Level 2 chargers and four DC fast chargers to LAPD.
Compact and lightweight
Because in large part to its compact size and use of light-weight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in its construction, the sustainable, fully-electric BMW i3 has a tight turning radius and the agility needed to navigating congested city streets.
The BMW i3 is the first purpose-built electric production vehicle to be made primarily of CFRP. With 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (249 Newton-meters) of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles (128-160 kilometers) of emission-free driving and has been rated the most fuel efficient EPA-certified vehicle by the US Department of Energy. Agile and engaging to drive, the BMW i3 is ideally suited for dense urban areas. Every aspect of the BMW i3 has been conceived for sustainability. The carbon fiber used to create the i3 is produced using hydro-electric power. The BMW i production line in Leipzig, Germany draws its power from wind energy.
The BMW i3 has a base price of $42,400 and the range-extender model starts at $46,250.