Police Tesla Model S battery runs low during 120-mph chase
The pursuit was ultimately called off anyway for safety.
Police in Tesla's hometown of Fremont, California, encountered a unique situation as their Model S ran low on battery during a high-speed chase.
An officer began pursuing a "felony vehicle" in Fremont and reached speeds of up to 120 mph on the highway. The Model S had not been charged between shift changes, however, and the officer ultimately called for someone else to take the lead.
"I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec," officer Jesse Hartman said on the radio, as quoted by the East Bay Times. "If someone else is able, can they maneuver into the number one spot?"
The low battery ultimately did not make much of a difference, as the chase was soon called off for safety reasons after the suspect began driving on the shoulder in thickening traffic. The suspect's vehicle was later found crashed near the location where the pursuit ended.
The Fremont police purchased a used 2014 Model S, which has a maximum range of 265 miles for the rear-wheel-drive variant or 242 miles with all-wheel drive. The latest Model S Long Range tops out at 370 miles. Police may be inclined to consider the Performance edition, however, that loses just 25 miles of range but can launch to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and tops out at 163 mph.