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#1 Crisp

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:35

UK police add dozens of Nissan Leaf electric cars to fleet

While Dubai police are busy bolstering their fleet with Lamborghinis, Ferraris and the like, police in the UK have taken a slightly more pragmatic approach by purchasing a fleet of thirty Nissan Leafs.

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The electric vehicles will be deployed as 'diary' cars, which police use to attend pre-arranged meetings with victims of crime or locals who contact the local police force.

The force believes the Nissan Leaf is well suited to a 'diary' role, despite the limited range and long recharge times inherent to electric cars. Diary cars typically average 40 to 45 miles per day, so the Leaf's 124-mile range should prove more than sufficient, even if somebody forgets to plug the thing in overnight.

Ten local policing units (LPUs) will run three diary car Leafs each. Each LPU will be kitted out with dedicated charging points.

Bob Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands Police said: "We welcome the new LEAFs, which fit in perfectly with the operational requirements of diary cars and will significantly cut our fuel costs while also reducing our carbon footprint."

Barry Beeston, Nissan corporate sales director said: "It’s fitting that the UK’s largest corporate LEAF deal to date is with such a prestigious institution in the West Midlands Police."

"The LEAF is becoming ever more popular as fleet managers see the benefits of 100% electric vehicles and massively reduced running costs. We’re delighted to hear the police are already enjoying driving the LEAFs and we hope they’re enjoying going after a new type of lead!”


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:43

(Y). Bearing in mine this isn't to chase bad guys, only to go visit victims / community members. The less emissions the better!

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:55

Doesnt charging the car technically cause more pollution? Cause that electricity has to be generated. The fact that it charges over night and only gives 40 miles is such a waste. I can do 60mpg per gallon which is better than this eletric trash.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:01

(Y). Bearing in mine this isn't to chase bad guys, only to go visit victims / community members. The less emissions the better!


Pretty much.
Good to see a shift towards a greener way of thinking, even if all it does is shift that waste elsewhere.

Doesnt charging the car technically cause more pollution? Cause that electricity has to be generated. The fact that it charges over night and only gives 40 miles is such a waste. I can do 60mpg per gallon which is better than this eletric trash.


Although i totally agree, it causes less air pollution around populated areas and is quieter. Two thumbs up from me.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:07

Doesnt charging the car technically cause more pollution? Cause that electricity has to be generated. The fact that it charges over night and only gives 40 miles is such a waste. I can do 60mpg per gallon which is better than this eletric trash.


read the Article it has a range of 124 miles per charge

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:18

I've just read about those awesome cars in Dubai Police. Reading this made me laugh real hard.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:25

Doesnt charging the car technically cause more pollution? Cause that electricity has to be generated.


It's easier to improve the efficiency of power generation—through renewable energy, reduced emissions, improved standards—than it is to replace huge numbers of vehicles each time technology improves. As renewable energy production increases the pollution level produced by these vehicles decreases. More importantly it improves the air quality of roads, which is especially important in cities (London actually has the worst air pollution of any European city). It's disgusting that in this day and age that we're still using cars powered by fossil fuels and still generating electricity from coal.

These may be expensive but we have an obligation to transition towards an environmental friendly economy and this is a small step in the right direction.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:29

Actually it's a good idea for them to use these cars in this role. (Y)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:32

I'd love one of these if I needed a car. We already have two charging points within a short walk of my house in North London and I'm sure the numbers will increase as the cars become more common.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 02:59

(Y). Bearing in mine this isn't to chase bad guys, only to go visit victims / community members. The less emissions the better!


the electricity is created using fossil fuels anyway? unless all the power we use to charge the cars is renewable it really makes no difference

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:12

the electricity is created using fossil fuels anyway? unless all the power we use to charge the cars is renewable it really makes no difference


True that. I can't wait for the day when we have a truly functioning electric car that doesn't rely on outside sources!

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:19

the electricity is created using fossil fuels anyway? unless all the power we use to charge the cars is renewable it really makes no difference


It's still more efficient and less polluting to have the power stations produce the electricity than have each individual car have a combustion engine. Also, as i mentioned above, wouldn't you prefer (if you had to choose) that cities became less polluted and quieter?

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:10

Here are some statistics on energy generation in the UK as of late 2010:

renewables 7%
coal 28%
nuclear 18%
gas 45%
other fuels 1%
imports 1%

Fossil fuels are clearly our main source of energy but the use of renewables is increasing. According to this article it had already jumped to 9.6% by late 2011 so I expect it's well over 10% by now. As a result, It's pretty clear that electric cars are already less polluting than petrol driven cars and the situation is only going to get better over time. The all or nothing approach is pretty meaningless in this context.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 19:58

It's still more efficient and less polluting to have the power stations produce the electricity than have each individual car have a combustion engine. Also, as i mentioned above, wouldn't you prefer (if you had to choose) that cities became less polluted and quieter?


meh not really i like the city for its noise, its the country i like for its tranquility... i like both ... also the noise from cars is useful lol if electric cars start coming out more il probs be run over in a week, if i cant see the roads I listen to them

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 20:15

the electricity is created using fossil fuels anyway? unless all the power we use to charge the cars is renewable it really makes no difference

Actually, it already makes a difference... http://www.betterpla...petrol-car.html Yes, that's Australia, but the principle is the same: throughout a car's lifespan from birth to scrap, an electric car still emits less CO2 than a standard ICE car. And the kicker is as the ratio between fossil fuels and renewable energies tip in the favour of the latter, the electric cars will get even greener, while the ICE cars will stay exactly the same.



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