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Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown


Portuguese Police Adopt 8 Nissan Leaf Electric Cars

July 23rd, 2012 by  

Portuguese police recently purchased 8 Nissan Leaf BEVs (battery electric vehicles). They are to be operated by Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP), which is responsible for policing large urban areas in the country.

According to Nissan, it is the first police force in the world to utilize a fleet of electric vehicles.

Portuguese Nissan Leaf Police Car.

These vehicles will be used primarily for the Safe School programme, but they will be decked out with flashing blue lights, sirens, and Policia markings, so they are ready for crime fighting, if or when necessary.

“We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet,” said superintendent Paul Gomes Valente, national director of PSP.

“We want to continue reducing pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet.”

Portugal was actually the first country in Europe in which the Nissan Leaf was sold (starting in 2011), and it has influenced the construction of charging stations (also called charge points) in major cities.

Thinking of the potential benefits and drawbacks of this revealed that:

  • Due to the silence of electric vehicles, the police could use them to ambush criminals without being heard.
  • As electric vehicle sales and usage increases in the police force, the need for charging stations increases, and that leads to the construction of charging points eventually.
  • Due to the fact that people tend to pay attention to other people’s new cars, and especially police vehicles, more people will actually see the Nissan Leaf, and it may change their view of electric vehicles for the better. This could help to prove stereotypes wrong.

This could prove to be a relatively thorough test for the Leaf, that will help to reveal what Nissan needs to tweak to enhance it further. The Leaf is also important to the entire existence of electric vehicles and prospective manufacturers in the electric vehicle industry, because they can learn from the mistakes that Nissan made with the Leaf, or its successes.

New industries always have plenty to learn. This is only the beginning!

Source: BusinessGreen
Photo Credit: Nissan



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  • Paulo Florim

    Hi, I´m portuguese and I can assure you that there are many more Leafs running in municipalities fleets. They seem to do the job perfectly and there are about 2000 charging points in our cities (10 million portuguese) so its a good number, i think. And gas stations, at least some of them, have been instaling quick electric charging too

  • Ronald Brak

    Electric cars would be fine for police use in Australian cities.  Outside of them the electric cars would need to be more kangaroo proof.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Self-powered electric fence.

  • Jonathan Fearer

    What happens when a cop is in a car chase and the LEAF runs out of charge???

    • Bob_Wallace


      It’s been invented….

    • Highly unlikely.

  • Pedro

    Write 100 times: Portuguese, portuguese…

    • i think the mistake was in there twice. so perhaps that should be 200 times…

  • Cgarlow

    I wonder if these LEAFs will be part of the Portuguese Better Place arrangement, with the swap out batteries. Yes?

    • No idea. Will be interesting to see. Let me know if you run across news on that!

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