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Sheriff’s Office Narrows Search for All-Electric Patrol Vehicle




CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with manufacturers to identify an all-electric patrol vehicle to add to its fleet to study its feasibility. Following a challenge from county councilmembers earlier this year to find an all-electric patrol vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office began searching for one vehicle to purchase as a pilot project. The vehicle will serve as a fully functioning police patrol vehicle with the ability to respond to emergency calls, carry equipment, transport arrestees, make traffic stops, and perform daily police work.  


The Sheriff’s Office has reviewed all-electric vehicles manufactured by Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet, Tesla, Audi, Volkswagen and Volvo. 


Throughout the search for an all-electric vehicle, there have been many obstacles, including: 


  • Adequate power supply for law enforcement devices, including emergency lights, a computer, printer, police radio, etc. 
  • An affordable price point for a vehicle that can serve as a fully functioning police vehicle.  
  • Efficient passenger cabin heating that will not cause power drainage when a patrol car is at an incident for an extended period of time during cold weather seasons. 
  • A custom designed prisoner transportation system installed between the first and second row. 
  • The overall size and space of the vehicle to allow for comfort and safety for the driver and passenger(s), including suitable space for comfort while wearing a duty belt, body armor, and boots.   
  • Adequate storage space for specialty equipment, PPE, a case of flairs, first aid supplies, a safety vest, a fire extinguisher, and additional equipment needed to do daily patrol work. 


After several months of extensive research, the Sheriff’s Office is narrowing down its selection for an all-electric pilot project vehicle to a Tesla 3, Tesla Y, or Ford Mach E model. The Sheriff’s Office plans to make a final selection and have one all-electric police vehicle selected and fully equipped for patrol by the end of 2021.