According to the Fremont Police Department, officers stopped pursuing the vehicle because it was being driven in a way that was unsafe, not because the Tesla patrol auto had about run out of battery. "The officer was monitoring the charge and responsibly notifying every one of its status during the approximate 10-mile pursuit".
"I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec", Hartman told the dispatcher. "If someone else is able, can they maneuver into the No. 1 spot?"
Fremont Police officer Jesse Hartman made headlines around the United States when his Tesla Model S showed a low battery warning in the line of duty. "I've got to try to find a charging station for the Tesla so I can make it back to the city".
That was because Hartman started his shift at 2 PM with the Model S and it was not fully charged. She couldn't provide details on why it wasn't charged.
Even gas-powered police cars have run out of fuel on the job, the representative noted, and other units were able to pick up this particular chase anyway before terminating it.
Geneva Bosques, a spokesperson for the Fremont Police, told the Times that the vehicle was crashed into bushes, and that the driver was not found with the auto. The felony warrant associated with the vehicle is from the Santa Clara Police Department.
Victoria Police became the first Australian jurisdiction to field an electric highway patrol vehicle by putting a Tesla Model X to work in June.
Local media reports indicate that Hartman ended up running low on battery simply because the officer who used the cruiser before him failed to power up the electric vehicle at the end of their shift.
However, the department's public affairs manager, Geneva Bosques, said the mishap was nothing more than a lesson regarding their Tesla pilot progam.
Fremont Police Captain Sean Washington said in a July interview that things were going well with the Tesla pilot programme, which had already been involved in at least one other pursuit at that time. Those requirements include hard on and off braking and acceleration, as well as good steering and the ability to drive 40 to 70 miles daily, the department said. "We are easily able to make it through an 11-hour shift with battery power to spare".