But high-speed chases will be left to the Bugatti and Porsche vehicles already used by the police.
by Sam Wilkin
Dubai’s police force, famous for its stable of exotic supercars, has added yet another high-tech, rear-wheel-drive vehicle to its fleet.
With a top speed of about 95 miles (150 kilometres) per hour, the BMW i3 will probably leave any high-speed chases to the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 already operated by the police. But the small hatchback wins hands-down in the emissions department: its powertrain is fully electric.
Clad in the green and white livery of Dubai’s police force, the new car was on display at an event in the city’s financial district on Wednesday. Inside the venue, Energy Minister Suhail Al-Mazrouei said the United Arab Emirates aims to have electric cars make up 10 percent of all government vehicles as part of a plan to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent by 2021.
Earlier this year, Dubai’s transport authority announced a plan to buy 200 cars from luxury electric carmaker Tesla for use by the state-run taxi service. Tesla will open its first Middle Eastern showroom in Dubai this summer, and has installed charging stations across the U.A.E.
The police force also showed off its new wheels in a video posted on Twitter. It didn’t say whether the i3 would pave the way for more electric police cars in the future.