- The Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department in New York announced it took delivery of a Tesla Model Y police car in December.
- The announcement met backlash online from social media users who felt that an electric luxury car is excessive use of taxpayer dollars.
- The department said the purchase is part of a move toward environmental sustainability, and that it expects to save money on fuel in the long-term, according to local outlet News 12 Westchester.
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A police department in New York State took delivery of its first Tesla Model Y cruiser, fueling calls on social media to slash police budgets.
The Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department announced the new addition to its fleet on Facebook late last month, calling the vehicle “the first Model Y that has been outfitted with lights, sirens and radio for police use – in the whole country (maybe even the world!).”
The department said it assigned the car to its detective division.
But the purchase was met with sharp criticism online from people who see an electric luxury car as an extravagant use of taxpayer funds.
“This is what we mean when we say DEFUND THE POLICE. All that extra money can be used to better the communities they serve,” one Twitter user said. “Defund doesn’t mean ‘cancel or dismantle the police’ it means doing better for everyone….. common sense y’all.”
A Tesla Model Y retails for $49,990 and up, while a Dodge Charger, common in police departments across