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US News Policeman forced to give up chase as Tesla electric patrol car runs low on battery

14:00  26 september  2019
14:00  26 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Officer Jesse Hartman was chasing a suspect in San Francisco on Friday when he called the dispatch team to say he only had six miles of power left, NBC News reported.

Mr Hartman's shift began at 2pm and the pursuit started at 11pm.

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Fremont Police Department spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the officer was chasing a suspect wanted in connection with a crime in Santa Clara, California.

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A Tesla electric police patrol car in San Francisco ran low on power at one of the worst possible times last Friday -- during a pursuit. It's unclear exactly why the 2014 Tesla Model S 85 wasn't fully charged and lost juice at such an inopportune moment, according to Fremont Police Department's

A Tesla electric patrol car with the Fremont, Calif., Police was forced to back off from a pursuit after the vehicle's battery ran low in the middle of the chase . “Just slowed down to six miles of battery on the Tesla , so I may lose it here in a sec,” the officer in the pursuit said, according to police radio

The police officer had asked the driver to stop, but he failed to pull over before taking off at high speed.

Ms Bosques said other police units were following behind and ultimately took over the pursuit with the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

She added that the chase was called off after 10 minutes when it was deemed unsafe because of the way the suspect was driving.

CHP patrol officers later found the car abandoned in San Jose, California.

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Ms Bosques said it was unclear why Mr Hartman's Tesla Model S 85 did not have full battery when he started work.

She added that when then one of the vehicles is fully charged it usually has around 40% to 50% of power left once a shift is over.

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A Tesla electric patrol car by the Fremont, California police department ran low on electricity in the middle of a pursuit, after the department said someone forgot to plug the vehicle into a charger. According to officials, the officer was pursuing a vehicle headed down to the southern part of the San

Ms Bosques said the cars run out of power while out on patrol "from time to time", and added: "Especially if an officer returns to the station to take a report and then they never go back out in the street.

"The officer was monitoring the charge and responsibly notifying everyone of its status during the approximate 10 mile pursuit.

"We had other units behind the Tesla in the pursuit to take over and the CHP was also responding.

"Pursuits on the freeway are usually pretty short in duration, as we turn them over to CHP as soon as they get to our location."

Fremont Police said it is six months into a pilot programme testing the integration of the Tesla with the department.

The force added that it is keeping track off all the relevant data.

Ms Bosques said: "We have no written policy regarding gas or charging, but the general guideline is that it should be half full at the beginning of the shift, which this car was."

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The cop from the Fremont Police Department was pursuing a suspect in a department-issued Tesla Model S car last Friday when he suddenly noticed he was running low “I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec,” the cop said on the radio, according to the report.

Other units kept chasing the suspect, but they were forced to give up after it became unsafe A police officer in Fremont, California, was involved in a high-speed chase when the battery on his He recharged his Tesla and drove it back to the station in Fremont. Officials say the electric car ran out

She added: "This is the second pursuit the Tesla has performed well in.

"This one instance does not in any way change our feeling regarding the performance of the vehicle for patrol purposes.

"So far the car is meeting or exceeding our expectations. We are still in our first six months of the pilot program and we're keeping track of all the data."

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