Electrifying the Force: NSW Police celebrate one year with a Kona EV.
Police departments around the world are making the jump to electric vehicles (EVs). As the force keep our streets safe, they want to keep our environment clean too, and so replacing fleets with greener options is becoming a new trend.
In early 2021, the NSW Police Force joined the movement and accepted the keys to their very first EV. As part of a sponsorship with Hyundai, they signed up to test our Kona EV for 12 months promising to give us a full and frank assessment of whether an EV is truly up to the task of law enforcement.
The Kona EV was deployed from the Penrith Police Station in Sydney’s West and was immediately put to work by the Nepean Police Area Command.
In the Crime Prevention Unit, the car hit the beat, with officers using the vehicle on active duty in their efforts to keep the local community safe. The car was also put to service in community engagement events allowing the public to get up close with the tech, to win over new EV fans.
With its instantly recognisable blue and red livery, the Kona turned heads and hopefully minds too in terms of the place of EVs in a modern police force.
The Kona has been used daily by the Nepean Police Area Command and the judgment is in.
Hyundai is also supporting other police forces around Australia as they similarly determine the suitability of an EV in their operations.
A Hyundai NEXO fuel cell electric vehicle is currently being used in the Queensland Police’s North Brisbane Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Persons Unit.
In parallel, an IONIQ 5 is being trialled by the WA Police Force across the state in police duties.
Both vehicles have been fitting out with branding, police radios, lights and sirens.
Hyundai looks forward to working with these police departments and others in the future as we assist them on their EV journey to demonstrate the place of fully electric cars in Australian policing.