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Tampa Law Enforcement Receives Electric Vehicles Through Federal Grant

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Tampa police officers getting electric vehicles

Tampa’s police force is gearing up to integrate approximately a dozen new electric vehicles into its fleet, marking a significant shift towards sustainability and efficiency.

Chief Lee Bercaw enthusiastically endorsed the electric vehicles (EVs), citing their enhanced speed, performance, and cost-effectiveness. “They’re silent,” he emphasized, “making our approach stealthier, with numerous operational benefits.”

This initiative is made possible by nearly $1 million in federal funding secured by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, aimed at acquiring up to 13 electric police vehicles.

Castor highlighted the economic and environmental advantages: “They’ll save taxpayers and the city of Tampa money while reducing pollution.”

The Tampa Police Department currently covers nearly 4.5 million miles annually, costing $3 million in fuel alone.

Castor pointed to the city’s existing fleet of 272 alternative fuel vehicles and experienced management as guiding factors in the EV selection process.

Ronald Carrion, the city of Tampa’s fleet manager, underscored the minimal maintenance costs of EVs compared to traditional vehicles: “With an EV, maintenance focuses on tires, brakes, and a 24-volt battery, resulting in lower costs.”

Chief Bercaw noted Tampa’s infrastructure readiness with 100 charging stations already in place, crucial for supporting the new electric fleet.

The department plans to strategically deploy the new electric vehicles, considering operational needs and charging logistics. News is reported on Fox 13 News.

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