A trial e-vehicle has made its way to Geraldton Police, who will trial its suitability in country WA, after the electric car was trialled in Perth and Bunbury. WA Police have sent a Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric vehicle to Geraldton to trial over the next six weeks, with acting officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Nathan Johansen taking it for a test-drive on Monday morning. Sen. Sgt Johansen said the trial would allow as many officers as possible to test-drive the electric vehicle to “see how it goes”. State traffic officers have used the car, along with a Toyota Mirai hydrogen, as part of a nine-month trial. Toyota and Hyundai provided vehicles to WA Police for their use during the operational trial. “We will trial its suitability and how it works in a regional station like Geraldton,” Sen. Sgt Johansen said. He said the trial car would be charged at the Geraldton Police Station charging point that was installed “a few months ago”. “The trial period is a really good thing to be doing, even if it may not suit our police, it could assist our detectives. We have a range of 400km, that’s a fair few kilometres around town. As long as we don’t get cut short,” he said. Besides the operational aspect, Sen. Sgt Johansen said he was impressed and it was “the way of the future”. “I think if we can play our part in reducing the emissions — for one it’s good for the environment and look, it’s got to be suitable for our work that we do,” he said. Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan Adams said it was a fantastic step forward and looked forward to seeing what came out of the trial. “I reckon we’ll be able to sneak up behind a lot more crooks unknowingly and catch them in the act,” he said.