The Hyundai Kona Electric joined the NSW Police fleet this week, becoming the first all-electric vehicle to be employed by Australian law enforcement authorities.
Loaned to the NSW Police Force by Hyundai for a 12-month trial, the Kona Electric will be based out of Penrith Police Station in Sydney's west, with operations to occur within the Nepean Area Command region.
However, the zero-emissions Kona hasn't been fitted with the lights, sirens, radios and computer systems typically found on an active-duty police car, as the Hyundai will be used primarily for community engagement, with the aim of displaying the benefit of electric vehicles to the public at events, shows and public displays.
It will also be used as part of the Crime Prevention Unit, conducting crime awareness programs and "liaising" with councils and schools.
Helping to assist EV ownership is the installation of an AC wall-box in Penrith Police Station's underground carpark, allowing the Kona Electric's 64kWh lithium-ion battery to be recharged day and night to enable its 449km WLTP-rated claimed driving range.
"We’re delighted to provide a Kona Electric for use by the NSW Police Force", said CEO of Hyundai Australia, Jun Heo.
"Deploying Kona Electric within the Nepean Area Command Crime Prevention Unit as well as for community engagement is a terrific opportunity for the NSW Police Force and the public to experience the unique benefits of our long-range, zero-emission battery-electric SUV."
Superintendent Chris Keane, Commander of Nepean Police Area Command, added "The Hyundai Kona electric vehicle is a valuable addition to the Nepean Police Area Command and will assist our Crime Prevention Unit with its community engagement initiatives.”
"The sponsored vehicle with unique police markings is generating a lot of interest and comments when out in the community, and we are grateful to Hyundai for its support of our Command."
The Hyundai Kona Electric joins a range of demo, community engagement-focused cars employed by police forces across Australia in recent years, from NSW Police's Honda Civic Type R and BMW i8 to Victoria Police's Mercedes-AMG E43 and BMW M5 Competition (though the lattermost served as a functional, on-duty Highway Patrol car).