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BangShift Question Of The Day: What Should The Next CHP Vehicles Be?


BangShift Question Of The Day: What Should The Next CHP Vehicles Be?

Oh, there’s a good reason for today’s Question of the Day, readers. Here’s the deal: Currently, the State of California and the Federal Government are in a bit of a war over emissions regulations. The Trump administration wants to strip California of their authority to regulate emissions from the tailpipe, in a move they claim would make things equal across the board for automakers instead of having to create two sets of systems, one Cali-friendly, one Federal approved. California, being California of course, is hell-bent that what’s good for the state is good for the country and is prepared to lead the way come hell, high water, or highly-priced vehicles for their government employees.

In a story posted on Autoblog, California has announced that they will immediately quit buying vehicles from General Motors, FCA North America and Toyota and any other manufacturer who backs the Trump administration’s efforts. And, with the exception of “certain public safety vehicles”, state agencies won’t be allowed to buy sedans powered by an internal combustion engine. So, who does that leave? Any manufacturer not listed above, plus any manufacturer that is not a member of the Global Automakers trad association. That means that Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen (snort!) and others who “recognize California’s legal authority to set emission standards” that offer an internal combustion engine-less option will be receiving California tax dollars for vehicle purchases.

So…let’s see here. No internal combustion engine sedans, right? Well, let’s lead the way then and make the California Highway Patrol the cleanest police force in the nation. We already know that there is one infamous Tesla Model S working as a cruiser in California, but we also know they are running Tahoes, Explorers, Chargers and are still weeding out Crown Victorias as well. Surely, moving from high-performance sedans and sport-utility vehicles to an all-electric vehicle fleet would do them good, right? Readers, I’m sure you have some great suggestions, let’s hear them!


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23 thoughts on “BangShift Question Of The Day: What Should The Next CHP Vehicles Be?

  1. Matt Cramer

    “‘Car makers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power,’ California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.”

    I hate that phrase. History doesn’t care who’s right, only who’s left. Were the students who protested in Tienanmen Square on the wrong side of history, since the Commies are still in charge of China? There’s a “might makes right” hidden in there that I think a lot of people who throw that phrase around seem to blindly think that their particular views will prevail in the long term.

  2. 75Duster

    California is more concerned with emissions from the CHP cars, yet they let people legally shit / piss on sidewalks, dirty needles, trash all over, homeless people driving businesses out, yearly wildfires, and allow minor crimes without prosecution.
    Yet they reelect the same party that is trying to impeach the president over a phone call.

  3. Paul

    “‘Car makers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power,’ California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.”

    Does that idiot governor think that one state has enough leverage to dictate to the auto makers?

  4. Stickman

    Sadly the popo is losing most of their rights to even do there job, so no need for capable cars, because they will never receive permission to use it. Then there will be lawsuits by criminals parents regarding police shouldn’t have faster cars then their sht children. So keep the circus theme, it should be a big wheeled vespa. Swap k9 units out with bear units.

    It would be bad business decision but it would be great of the auto makers sold zero cars to the state. “Dont like our practices. ok. Go by something from Switzerland.

  5. Michael Tolsdorf

    Go back in time – 1991, and look what the State bought for certain officers who had developed and practiced their safe, courteous, \”Im going to apprehend you scum bag\” driving skills. 12 1991 Chevrolet Camaro 9C1 units were purchased and equipped for CHP as Class E patrol cars.

    I was issued 2 of these fabulous machines and I will say this about that.

    I issued a record number of CHP 215 Notice to Appear documents to the law breaking motering public members.

    I arrested a record number of DUI drivers.

    I investigated and reconstructed several traffic collisions.

    I provided numerous motorists services.

    I RECEIVED A RECORD NUMBER OF LETTERS, PHONE CALLS AND OFFICE WALK INS FROM PEOPLE ASKING, \”WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN WHO JUST SAVED MY SON, DAUGHTER, MOTHER OR FATHER FROM THE CRIMINALS WHO ROAM THE HIGHWAYS OF CALIFORNIA UNCHECKED?

    1. TW

      Again law makers getting involved in an arena that they know nothing about. With all of the electronics being put into police vehicles today there is no battery operated alternative to the internal combustion engine. Battery technology is progressing but is still years away from being able to power today’s police vehicles. Emergency lighting, Computers, printers, ticket writers, electric rifle and shotgun racks just to name a few and still way too much draw for any current electric platform to support. Great idea but impractical.

  6. old guy

    Rickshaws
    Sail skateboard
    NO Prius -Toyota is out as a supplier
    2nd hand military stuff u pick ’em
    bus tickets

  7. Gary D

    CHP should immediately START buying vehicles from General Motors, FCA North America and Toyota and any other manufacturer who backs the Trump administration’s efforts.

  8. Patrick

    California is severely limiting law enforcement on all fronts. Dems vote for liberal agenda, sorry, I am a moderate but after attending several town meetings and coffee with a cop the laws in this state are horrible. Steal anything under a grand, no problem. Do drugs, shit on the street no problem. Fail a smog check, multiple fines. The CA legislature passes las about emissions, yet they all travel on private jets, in limos or giant suvs, and the homeless laws do not apply to their gated residences.

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