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Police test new electric car in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 12:34 06 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 06 January 2016

The BMW i3 Range Extender

The BMW i3 Range Extender

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The BMWi3 Range Extender will be trialled in three boroughs for six months

The Metropolitan Police Service is trialling its first electric response vehicle across three boroughs, including Bexley.

After the unveiling outside New Scotland Yard in December, the BMW i3 Range Extender has now officially started its period of testing and evaluation.

The vehicle, which will be used by response policing teams across Westminster, Greenwich, and Bexley, is the first Range Extender model to be used by a UK police service.

In addition to the standard testing and evaluation tools, officers will report back on their experience of using the vehicle during regular patrolling duties.

The MPS Driving School will also be testing the vehicle and providing expert advice on its potential use within the fleet.

The BMW i3 Range Extender is being loaned to the service by BMW for a six-month period to test the future possibilities of using electric range extender response cars as part of the regular fleet.

Terry Hunt, director of centrally Delivered Support Services in the MPS, said: “The i3 is a brilliant fit with the technology-driven approach of the Met.

“As an organisation we are committed to keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible and innovative pilots such as this provide us with real-time experience of how that might be achieved.”

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