The Los Angeles Police Department has added 100 BMW i3 electrical vehicles to its fleet, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Wednesday.
The vehicles, which will be used for administrative tasks, are each being leased for three years at $387 per month, with the maintenance costs covered.
Garcetti said the cars will save the city money on fuel, as well as maintenance costs, which tend to be lower for electric vehicles.
BMW was chosen through a competitive bidding process, he said.
The vehicles can go 85 miles between charging, and take about three and a half hours to charge, BMW North America spokesman David Buchko said. With DC fast chargers, the cars can be 80 percent charged in 20 minutes.
The LAPD also was allotted $1.5 million in the budget to install 104 charging stations.
The BMW i3 vehicles bring the number of fully electric vehicles in the city’s fleet to 199.
—City News Service