These two cars will be tested extensively to see if the car is ready to be used as a police patrol fleet in the area.
Both cars have been equipped with the necessary equipment such as sirens, the West Australian police logo and a police radio.
The Ioniq 5 will undergo testing at State Traffic Police offices, as well as stations in the Midland, Rockingham, Geraldton and Bunbury regions. Meanwhile, the Toyota Mirai will be tested around the Fremantle District.
“Western Australian Police have commenced research and testing of ‘green’ vehicles that may be suitable for police operations.” said Allan Adams, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Western Australia.
“Toyota and Hyundai have kindly provided the vehicle to the Western Australian Police for the purpose of a full, long-term operational trial.” he added.
Meanwhile, electric and hydrogen vehicles must meet a rigorous testing process if they are to be used as operational vehicles.
The Ioniq 5 is considered a potential Class 1 police vehicle suitable for highway patrol duty.
“We are working hard to get more of those cars out on the streets. So, of course the cumulative effort of introducing electric cars into the fleet has great value for society.” Adams said.
Currently the Western Australian Police have a number of vehicles used as patrol fleets in their area, such as the Kia Stinger, Chrysler 300, BMW 5-Series, BMW X5, Skoda Superb and even the Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series.