Last Friday, electric carmaker Tesla stunned the world by unveiling its boldly angular Cybertruck pickup. Though met with a polarizing reception, the firm has received more than 250,000 $100 preorders for the “Blade Runner” inspired vehicle.
Now, a law enforcement organization will utilize the truck that CEO Elon Musk described as a futuristic armored personnel carrier. On Tuesday, the Dubai Police Department tweeted out an image of a Cybertruck adorned with its markings. The following day, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, leader of the city’s police force, confirmed that his agency ordered a Cybertruck to add to its patrol fleet.
Why Dubai Wants a Tesla Cybertruck
During Tesla’s Cybertruck launch event, Musk demonstrated how his company’s newest vehicle stands up to repeated sledgehammer shots. He also claimed that the transport’s armored glass and folded steel exoskeleton can withstand 9mm gunfire. However, the Dubai Police don’t intend to use the electric pickup as special operations equipment.
— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) November 26, 2019
Instead, Major General Al Marri indicated that the Cybertruck will be deployed to patrol the region’s most tourist-heavy areas.
Indeed, the Dubai Police Department utilizes a host of exotic vehicles for its visitor-centric operations. Currently, the organization’s fleet includes a Bentley Continental GT, a Bugatti Veyron, an Aston Martin One-77, and a Lamborghini Aventador. Notably, the agency sends those vehicles out to patrol the parts of the municipality that attract the most vacationers.
The United Arab Emirates will acquire its latest mobile tourist attraction at a comparative bargain. At present, the most expensive version of the Cybertruck retails for $69,900, a fraction of the cost of the department’s six-figure supercars.
The Dubai PD employs Land Cruisers and BMW 5 Series vehicles to protect and serve the less glamorous parts of the city.
Tesla Gains Approval to Sell Cars in China
In addition to the Middle Eastern law enforcement sector, Tesla has also successfully entered the domestic Chinese auto market. On Tuesday, the electric carmaker announced that it will be selling its Sino-produced Model 3 sedans starting on Friday.
Two weeks ago, the Fremont, California-based corporation received regulatory approval to begin mass-producing vehicles in its Shanghai Gigafactory. However, at that time, it still needed permission from local authorities to actually sell the cars. Having cleared those governmental hurdles, Tesla can now pursue its goal of producing 250,000 vehicles a year for the Sino market.
Notably, the Chinese iteration of the Model 3 has some key differences from the American-made version.
The U.S. incarnation of the sedan can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, has a range of 322 miles, and has a starting price of $39,490. Conversely, the Sino-manufactured Model 3 can hit 100 kilometers (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds, goes 460 kilometers (285 miles) per charge, and retails for $50,560. It’ll be interesting to see if local consumers opt to buy an imported, slightly better version of the car.
Tesla will debut the Gigafactory edition of its flagship electric vehicle at Friday’s 17th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.