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The Village of Gates Mills in Northeast Ohio has received a donation for its police department—in the form of a 2019 Tesla Model S.
According to a council meeting on May 11, 2021, Gates Mills Police Chief Gregg Minichello detailed the donation from a resident, a grey metallic 2019 Tesla Model S with 6,200 miles.
The resident will also be donating the cost of retrofitting the vehicle, plus also pay for an electrician to setup a charging station. The anonymous donor is a resident that lives in Gates Mills, located about 30 minutes east of Cleveland.
Minichello said the department hopes to get 10 years out of the Tesla Model S and will take its time to launch the vehicle. A soft launch is pegged for the 4th of July to show off the car with police graphics, but no lights yet. The vehicle may hit roads by August of this year.
“We will be retrofitting the car to a functional police vehicle. Our custom upfitter, Hall Public Safety, is currently reviewing options for car design. We will upfit the vehicle as much as we can,” said Minichello in an email to Tesla North.
Minichello added, “Due to the vehicle donation, we are not planning to purchase a regularly scheduled police vehicle replacement, so we will see a significant saving there.”
The police chief confirmed the donation “will include charging station, and all of the upfitting,” resulting in savings for the police department. “We also expect to see savings between the cost of running fuel for the police car versus the cost of electricity to charge it. We also expect reduced maintenance because of fewer parts.”
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