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Tesla Model 3 reports for police duty: EV could be used by cops in USA

The Tesla Model 3 could be about to receive its police stripes in the USA

If you ever want to outrun the police in the USA, it could be about to get a whole lot easier; just keep driving for 524km.

Reports out of the USA suggest the Tesla Model 3 is being considered for police duty - and with a maximum range of 523km, outrunning the police would be simply a matter of time.

A Tesla Model 3 that had undergone a police-style makeover appeared at a police conference in Arizona, though the car in question had been modified (largely restricted to the matt-grey wrap and the internal red-and-blue light bar) by police equipment manufacturers Axon and Tomar.

But law enforcement in the USA and in Europe have voiced their interest in EVs (the Model S is used by the Freemont Police Force in the States, for example), largely owing to the reduced maintenance costs attached to them. And given the lower cost of entry into a Model 3 versus a Model S or X, Tesla's smallest car would likely be of the most interest.

So are the boys in blue about to go green? Watch this space. 

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