The Nissan LEAF is gaining a blue light. At least in Portugal, it is.
That's right; the PSP (Policia de Seguranca Publica) has just adopted a fleet of eight Nissan LEAF EVs to be used primarily for the Safe School Program. You weren't thinking it was going to be used for any high-speed chases, were you?
If you know the Nissan LEAF architecture, probably not. At the same time, it does have something even the most aggressive pursuit cars do not. That is a near-silent motor. And just in case the PSP ever has to implement the Nissan LEAF off of school grounds, they're outfitting it with all of the cutting-edge tech you'd expect to find in a traditional police car.
Judging by a recent interview with Paul Gomes, the PSP is very excited to have the Nissan LEAF join its force. We're guessing city citizens are proud too, especially given Portugal's progressive adoption of a comprehensive EV network. A little known fact: When the Nissan LEAF first launched, Portugal was the first city in Europe to sell the model.
Other PDs relying on EV technology worldwide?
Two examples that come to mind are Scotland Yard and the NYPD. To our knowledge, however, Portugal is the first to choose the LEAF. Though, we're betting it will not be the last.
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