Lawbreakers in Portugal will have to work that much harder to hear the cops coming with the Portuguese Police taking delivery of their brand new police car, the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Portugal’s Policia de Seguranca Publica (PSP) has hired a fleet of eight Nissan Leafs to aid in policing urban areas and assist in the PSP’s Safe School Program.
Nissan says the PSP is the first force in the world to implement a fleet of the electric cars.
The Nissan EVs were selected in line with Portugal’s push to reduce its ecological footprint in a country that is already renowned as an EV pioneer in Europe. Portugal was one of the first countries to install an EV charge network and was the first market in Europe to sell the Leaf when it was introduced in 2011.
Some other, far less fuel conscious, police cars of note that have stopped traffic over the years include the Italian Police’s law enforcing Lamborghini Gallardo (later crashed), Germany’s autobahn blitzing Porsches, Japan’s charlatan-snaring Nissan Skyline R34 GTR and Brazil’s burgular-busting Volkswagen Beetle.