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Ontario police set to unveil Tesla Model X-based squad car

by Drew Johnson

Now you\'ll have to worry about that Model X in your rear-view mirror.

As electric cars merge into the mainstream, we're seeing more and more plug-ins transformed into police cars. Cities like Denver and Los Angeles have already , and now the Ontario Provincial Police is getting in on the action.

However, while Denver and LA selected the Tesla as their plug-in police vehicle of choice, the OPP is going a slightly different direction. The department will unveil a cruiser based on the Tesla SUV tomorrow at the Canadian International Auto Show.

So far Teslas have been used by departments more as a promotional tool rather than a serious, dedicated police vehicle, but it remains to be seen how the OPP plans to use their new Model X. If the Model X does see regular duty, its falcon wing rear doors should at least make it easier to load up perps in the back.

No word on which Model X the department went with, but Tesla currently offers three different trims of the electric SUV (75D, 100D and P100D), with prices ranging from $85,500 to $140,000. The P100D, which is capable of ripping from 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, would make for an ideal traffic enforcement vehicle, although the Model X 100D has the longest stated range of 295 miles.

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