Police in Rockingham are set for a vehicle upgrade as WA Police trial two types of e-vehicles for potential future frontline policing applications.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle and a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will soon hit the roads, each fitted with WA Police Force corporate branding, police radio, lights and sirens.

The trial is part of the WA Climate Policy, which outlines key government actions for a climate-resilient community and the transition to net zero emissions.

“The WA Police Force has initiated research and testing of ‘green’ vehicles that may be suitable for operational policing,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan Adams said.

“Toyota and Hyundai have kindly provided vehicles to the WA Police Force for the purpose of a long-term full operational trial.”

Electric cars are said to be more gentle on the environment than standard petrol or diesel cars, with research from EDF Energy showing one electric car can save an average 1.5 million grams of carbon dioxide in one year.

The Hyundai E-Vehicle will be trialled in Rockingham, Midland, Geraldton and Bunbury, while the Toyota will be tested in the Fremantle district.

The vehicles’ suitability will be evaluated at the end of the trial.

Electric cars now make up 1.95 per cent of the new car market, with more than 20,000 EV sales in 2021 and demand skyrocketing.

Extracted in full from: Rockingham named as one of five trial sites for new WA Police e-vehicles | Sound Telegraph