The RCMP struggles to go electric

Turns out, converting North America's largest fleet of police cars into electric vehicles is easier said than done. Who could have guessed? 

Driving the news: The RCMP is currently field-testing two Teslas — one on B.C.’s West Shore and the other on the grounds at Rideau Hall in Ottawa — as the national police service tries to replace as many of its ~12,000 vehicles as possible with zero-emissions options by 2035.

Zoom in: Last year, the RCMP got its first Tesla, and over the next year, it hopes to test out some Ford F150 Lightnings and Chevrolet Blazers — an EV actually built to be a police car. 

  • A few local police forces — including Oak Bay, B.C., Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and Repentigny, Québec — have also introduced EV squad cars in recent years. 

Why it matters: Like many Canadians, the RCMP faces a challenge with EV adoption. The service patrols eight provinces and all three territories, including remote areas without charging infrastructure and northern areas where conditions could quickly sap EV batteries.

  • There’s also the hurdle of retrofitting certain vehicles to ensure they meet the standards of a functioning police vehicle, like wiring it for sirens and lights.

Bottom line: If EVs don’t work, the Mounties can always return to the OG low-emission vehicles: horses.—QH