Aussie cops to trial fully electric Hyundai Kona
Electric police cars are still a problematic entity in the eyes of most punters. The “if they’re chasing you all you need to do is keep driving until they run out of juice haw haw haw” line gets rolled out pretty quickly.
But there’s an inevitability to electric police cars, which is why more countries are trialing them around the world. And the latest of these is a Hyundai Kona Electric stationed in Penrith, Australia.
While the Kona isn’t expected to be on the firm’s motorway pursuit front lines, it is said to be used in daily patrols, with a lead role in the Nepean Area Command crime prevention unit. On top of this, it’s set to be used as ‘a community engagement tool’ — aka, a bit of local PR and touring.
“We’re delighted to provide a Kona Electric for use by the NSW Police Force,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Jun Heo said.
“Deploying Kona Electric within the Nepean Area Command Crime Prevention Unit as well as for community engagement is a terrific opportunity for the NSW Police Force and the public to experience the unique benefits of our long-range, zero-emission battery-electric SUV.”
“The Hyundai Kona electric vehicle is a valuable addition to the Nepean Police Area Command and will assist our Crime Prevention Unit with its community engagement initiatives,” added Superintendent Chris Keane, Commander of Nepean Police Area Command.
“The sponsored vehicle with unique police markings is generating a lot of interest and comments when out in the community, and we are grateful to Hyundai for its support of our Command.”
The Kona Electric is fairly impressive compared to the current crop of EVs. Its WLTP-rated 449km range is well above par for an electric car of its kind in 2020, although locally this is counteracted by a $78,990 sticker price.
The topic of electric police cars recently came up in New Zealand, after Jacinda Ardern pledged to electrify the government’s vehicle fleet by 2025. But, as previously reported, this is unlikely to mean fully electric Skoda police cars in the short term.