Nissan LEAF on the beat

All-electric vehicle joins the Portuguese police force

By John Silcox on July 16, 2012 3:31 PM

The zero-emission cars are now sporting the blue livery of Portugal's PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública), the security force responsible for policing the country’s large urban areas.
The cars will mainly be used as part of the PSP’s Safe Schools Programme, but have nevertheless been fitted out with flashing blue lights, sirens and ‘Polícia’, so they can be called upon to perform other police duties at any time.

The press release that accompanied this announcement also suggested that the cars could enable the LEAFs to creep up on criminals using stealth, thanks to their lack of engine noise – an amusing thought, if not a serious proposal.The LEAFs will, however, help to reduce the force’s carbon footprint.

"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 contributing to the reduction in pollution in large urban centres and the introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF sets a new benchmark for our fleet." Portugal already boasts one of the most developed EV charging networks in Europe.