We’ll tell you this much, the Cybertruck has a lot of potential for more than police work

We don’t have to tell you just how polarizing the Cybertruck has been in the wake of its controversial unveil back in November 2019. But the wave it sent to all online mediums has been of an unseen magnitude and that’s the best marketing strategy Tesla could ever wish for.

As a result, people came up with wicked renderings and some even started out building their own version of the Cybertruck. In this article, however, we’re going to be looking at whether a police Tesla Cybertruck would make sense in real life, given that some U.S. police departments are already acquiring and modifying Tesla Model 3s for patrol and other duties and we’ve also caught word of interest in the Cybertruck too, albeit from more exotic parts of the world.

Why Would the Tesla Cybertruck Make a Good Police Vehicle?

Back in December 2019, we reported on an interesting twist saw by the Westport PD in Connecticut regarding Tesla’s new Sentry Mode. Essentially, after doing some number crunching, the PD figured that a Tesla that’s fitted with Sentry Mode doesn’t need additional aftermarket cameras as your regular patrol car, so less money spent on conversion.

What’s more, the safety of the PD’s officers would be better protected since the Sentry Mode continuously monitors the vehicle continuously, a feature that could discourage vandals and protesters from damaging the vehicle. But how about a vehicle that can withstand hammer blows and (allegedly) bullets?

Can a Tesla Cybertruck police car make sense, then? Well, for some, it certainly does. And we’re not talking Average Joes, but actual police forces that have shown a firm interest in enrolling the Cybertruck as part of their fleet. And by firm interest we mean placing down an order.

For example, the municipality of Ciudad Valles in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, has reportedly ordered 15 Tesla Cybertrucks that will be used by the city’s police forces, according to El Imparcial Edición México.

The city’s mayor, Adrián Esper Cárdenas, already ordered 10 dual-motor AWD Cybertrucks and five tri-motor AWD ones for which Ciudad Valles will pay roughly 20 million pesos (that’s roughly $1 million).

In addition, Dubai has expressed its interest in adding Tesla’s Cybertruck to its exotic police car lineup due to the pickup truck’s “enhanced security presence,” and Clean Technica reports that the Kansas Highway Patrol has signalled the intention of enrolling the Cybertruck once it becomes available.

What Police Departments Could Use a Cybertruck Police Car?

Let’s start with what we know.

The Cybertruck’s outer shell is made of extra-strong 30X cold-rolled stainless steel.

Tesla says it provides maximum passenger protection, it’s resistant to dents and chips and also to long-term corrosion. But a Tesla Cybertruck that serves the general police department, SWAT teams, fire brigades, or riot control units will also need shatter-proof windows.

The Cybertruck can (theoretically) deliver on that too, thanks to a polymer-layered composite that sucks the impact force of a give projectile, thus offering an impenetrable barrier to complement the exoskeleton.

The first argument here is that the Cybertruck makes sense financially for the above-mentioned arms of the law, since it doesn’t need a lot of conversion work.

Sure, it’ll still need communications gear, sirens, specific lights, and so on, but the toughening up has already been done from the factory.

Secondly, it’s the truck’s highly-trumpeted roughness alone that acts as selling point. Departments that have to deal with and defuse violent altercations, riots, or armed incidents would benefit most from the Cybertruck’s solid build. A SWAT team could get to an armed robbery, let’s say, in no time inside a Cybertruck and it could use the car itself as shield. Heck, we can even imagine a water cannon mounted on top of a Cybertruck that flattens out dangerous aggressive protesters.

Thirdly, the truck’s 3,500-pound loading capacity could store a lot of tools for firemen or emergency first-responders. Beach patrol cars could be Cybertrucks, or even better, the Coast Guard could use the Cybertruck too, just like any other search and rescue party out there. What’s more, the truck’s 14,000-pound towing capacity could be used to carry extra trailers with food, water, and other supplies to hurricane-, tornado-, or earthquake-struck areas.

Final Thoughts

2021 Tesla Cybertruck
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Like it or not, the Cybertruck will be perhaps the only mass-produced vehicle that can carry out police, fire, or any other similar duties without undergoing heavy modifications.

The hard body shell is there, so are (hopefully) the bulletproof windows, as is the overall visual badassery of the truck.

With the right graphical and hardware additions (think decals, water guns, lights, bull bars, and whatnot) a police Cybertruck, let’ say, will act on two dimensions. Number one, its imposing stature should make perpetrators think twice about engaging in illegal shenanigans and number two, if the do, then they’re not going to like what’s coming.

Sure, people will still say the Cybertruck can’t chase cars for too long on the highway, and that’s true. On the other hand, the chase doesn’t need to be long. Imagine trying to escape the police and seeing a road block made of Cybertrucks up ahead. What would you feel like?

2021 Tesla Cybertruck specifications
Single-motor RWD Dual-motor AWD Tri-motor AWD
Horsepower: >400 HP 690 HP 800 HP
Torque: TBA 824 LB-FT 1,000 LB-FT
Range: 250+ miles 300+ miles 500+ miles
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 4.5 seconds 2.9 seconds
Top Speed: 110 mph 120 mph 130 mph
Payload Capacity: 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds 3,500 pounds
Towing Capacity: 7,500 pounds 10,000 pounds 14,000 pounds
Price $39,900 $49,900 $69,900
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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