LISBON - Portuguese criminals need to take extra care if they want to avoid being caught red-handed.
Local police have taken delivery of a fleet of stealthy Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, allowing them to arrive at the scene of a crime in near silence.
The eight Nissan LEAF police cars will be operated by Portugal's PSP, the security force responsible for policing the large urban areas of the country.
The zero-emission cars will be used mainly as part of the PSP's Safe School ProgramME, but with flashing blue lights, sirens and clear police markings, they can be called upon to perform other police duties at any time.
Nissan LEAF was chosen by PSP as part of its push to reduce its ecological footprint. "We pride ourselves in being the first police force in the world to incorporate cars with zero-emission technology as part of our 5,000 vehicle fleet," said Supt Paul Gomes Valente, National Director of PSP.
Portugal is an EV pioneer in Europe. It was one of the first countries to install a network of EV chargers in major cities and was the first to sell Nissan LEAF to the European public when it was introduced in 2011.