Not long after the police department in the town of Nitro, W.Va., added a Tesla Model 3 to its fleet of 22 patrol cars last summer, the cruiser was involved in a 20-minute pursuit that reached speeds over 100 mph.
The incident gave the city's police officials a real-world look at how the department's first electric car performs under full electricity-sapping duress — with lights flashing, radio crackling, siren wailing and extended high-speed driving.
The pursuit, in which officers were assisting another department, ended near Charleston, about 17 miles east of Nitro city limits. "It was good for testing purposes. There wasn't anything dramatically different about it," said Patrolman Matthew Haynes, who drove the Model 3.