Portland police test electric vehicles

Posted June 12, 2009, at 10:50 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Police Department is testing out some new sets of wheels.

The department has a two-wheel Segway and a three-wheel T3 — electric vehicles that officers stand up on while rolling through the city.

Police Chief James Craig told the Portland Press Herald that the vehicles are modern-day versions of riding a horse. He said they can go places that police cars can’t, without sacrificing the interpersonal contact of a foot beat.

Craig said the vehicles are on loan to the department for a trial period while officers evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each model.