Compact EV being tested for police use suitability
Austrian Polizei will get an ID.4 as well
Forget the oversize Ford Explorer, this is the kind of cruiser that you’re probably going to start seeing more of. It’s a Volkswagen ID.3 electric that’s being tested for suitability by polizei in Austria.
The ID.3 is Volkswagen’s first modern purpose-built EV, and it offers up to an estimated 550 km of electric range (on the WLTP cycle) as well as up to 200 hp from its electric motor.
That healthy battery is plenty to move a police vehicle around all day, and run things like lights and sirens. It’s also ideal for vehicles that will spend a whole lot of their day sitting, because the ID.3 won’t idle like a gas or diesel.
Showing off this cool prototype is VW Sachsen on Twitter, the regional account for Volkswagen in the Saxony region, home to the Zwickau plant where the vehicle was put together.
Wow, this #VWID3 is especially chic! In #Austria a research project is testing the possible use of electric vehicles by the #Police. We are proud that it is a vehicle from #VW #Zwickau in #Saxony. By the way: The #VWID4 will also be added to the fleet. Great! pic.twitter.com/2Zph1PC2Cq
— vwsachsen_en (@vwsachsen_en) October 7, 2020
The account says that the car is part of a research project testing the use of EVs as police vehicles and that an ID.4 crossover will be joining the test fleet. While we’d expect the lightbar and extra 12V draws associated with police use to slash the range at least somewhat, it’s more than likely the car will still have plenty of juice for a day’s use, and the ID.3 can fast-charge at up to 125 kW to get the battery replenished in enough time for a krapfen break.