Police in the state of Western Australia have just taken delivery of a new Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Toyota Mirai. The duo will be extensively tested to see if they are ready for frontline policing applications.
Both vehicles have been equipped with all of the necessary lights, sirens, WA Police Force branding, and police radios. The Ioniq 5 will be tested at the State Traffic police station, as well as stations in the areas of Midland, Rockingham, Geraldton, and Bunbury. The Mirai will be tested around the Fremantle District.
“The WA Police Force has initiated research and testing of ‘green’ vehicles that may be suitable for operational policing,” Police Assistant Commissioner Allan Adams said in a statement. “Toyota and Hyundai have kindly provided vehicles to the WA Police Force for the purpose of a long-term full operational trial.”
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Two E-Vehicles are about to be trialled by the WA Police Force for potential future frontline policing applications.
A Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle and a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will be trialled in an operational environment. pic.twitter.com/yVJdcpEXEe
— WA Police Force (@WA_Police) June 2, 2022
The electric and hydrogen vehicles will need to satisfy a strict testing process if they are to be selected for operational work moving forward. It is understood that the Ioniq 5 could be considered as a potential Class 1 police vehicle which would make it suitable for highway patrol duties.
“We’re putting a lot of effort into getting more of those cars out on the road, more frequently,” Adams added. “So, certainly the cumulative effort of the introduction of electric cars into the fleet has a big value for the community. (But) the intent of the cars being introduced during this trial is to work out how well they put up with the rigours of operational policing.”
The Western Australian police force includes a plethora of different vehicles, including the Kia Stinger, Chrysler 300, BMW 5-Series, BMW X5, Skoda Superb, and even the Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series, used in remote areas of the state.