2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV Cop Car Will Struggle To Catch Criminals

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The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV suit up for police duty.

To reduce fuel and maintenance costs, police departments around the world are slowly transitioning to electric vehicles. Earlier this year, a police department in New York revealed the first Tesla Model Y police car. Dubai's police force wants to add a Tesla Cybertruck to its fleet and the Mexico mayor has also ordered 15 Tesla Cybertrucks for police duty.

Now, the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV are being offered with police packages dubbed Special Service Vehicles packages. The SSV package adds two additional 20 amp and 30 amp electric circuits to power extra equipment such as auxiliary lights and police radios.

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A Surveillance Mode can also turn off the interior and exterior lights when stealth is required. As standard, the police-prepped Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV come with 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in all-season tires, power lumbar support, and an eight-way power driver seat. They are only available for fleet and government orders, so they can't be ordered with luxuries such as the Driver Confidence Package, Driver Comfort Package, or Convenience Package.

Considering that both EVs have a paltry top speed of just 93 mph, these law enforcement EVs won't make for particularly useful high-speed police pursuit vehicles.

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The Bolt EV takes 6.5 seconds to hit 0-60 mph, while the Bolt EUV will do the same sprint in seven seconds, so they are far too slow for chasing criminals. Instead, they will be used as light-duty support vehicles for detectives and traffic control officers.

Like the regular models, the Bolt EV has a range of 259 miles, while the Bolt EUV will last up to 247 miles on a single charge. Using a Level 3 DC fast charger, up to 100 miles of range can be added in 30 minutes. Standard safety features include Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Intellibeam, and Following Distance Indicator.

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