Electric cars are to be used on the streets of Sussex and Surrey to see how effective they could be in policing.
Two Nissan LEAF cars and a Nissan e-NV200 van are to be used by neighbourhood policing officers on duty in the county - including Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford. The same number will be used in Addlestone in Surrey.
The electric cars will be decked out in the force livery and will look similar to other vehicles in the fleet. They will be used by neighbourhood officers and PCSOs going out and about around their area on inquiries but will not be used to respond to emergencies or in pursuits.
Nissan has loaned the vehicles to the forces for a three-month trial. The cars will be evaluated by officers and staff to see how useful and effective they could be in policing as well as how much cheaper they could be to run than petrol or diesel-engined vehicles.
Members of the public will also be asked what they think about the use of the vehicles.
Dennis Ord, the head of transport for Surrey and Sussex Police, said, “We’ve been loaned electric or hybrid vehicles in the past but this is the longest trial of them we have ever been involved with. It will allow us to find out just how useful they could be. They are quieter than normal vehicles and are described as more environmentally friendly.”
The police will now evaluate how cost effective they are and by how much they would reduce CO2 emissions.