Electric vehicles are becoming more popular not only with consumers, but with police forces all over the world, and now Japan has jumped on the EV bandwagon, too, with 22 units of the Nissan Leaf.
The zero-emission hatchbacks were handed over to the police force in Fukuoka, the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, located in the northern part of the country, earlier this week. Electrek reports that the Nissan Leafs will be used as patrol vehicles and for public relations.All of them have received a two-tone white and black finish, roof-mounted emergency lights and specific decals. Details are scarce at the moment, but the electric hatchbacks have likely welcomed other upgrades as well, meant to help them fight crime in the Land of the Rising Sun, including communication systems and probably new storage spaces to hold the necessary gear.Read Also: LAPD Is Barely Using Its 100 BMW i3s, Report SaysThe second generation Nissan Leaf debuted last year with fresh styling and new technology. It benefits from a bump in power, as the electric motor now delivers 150PS (147hp / 110kW) and allows the car to reach 100km/h (62mph) in 8.2sec, from a standstill. Moreover, the 40kWh battery pack provides it with a NEDC-rated range of 378km (235mi), which drops to around 240km (150mi) in the real world.Nissan is asking at least $29,990 for the base model, the ‘S’, in the United States, which comes with a 7-inch infotainment system, automatic emergency braking and climate control. The SV, which adds a $2,500 premium, comes with smartphone integration, cruise control and quick charge port, among others, whereas the range-topping SL has a $36,200 starting price and brings 360-degree camera system, Bose audio, leather seats and others.