In the summer of 2023, the Border Guard signed contracts for the purchase of electric patrol cars. Soon, 27 Citroen e-C4 will enter service in six Border Guard units.
So far, the Border Guard has used 6 electric cars – 4 Renault Zoe, 1 Nissan Leaf and 1 Peugeot e-Rifter. Ecologically powered cars were used at air border crossings and large cities. In these places, cars had to be constantly ready for use and often covered short distances. In these conditions, internal combustion cars did not work well, as they also emitted harmful substances and were a source of noise.
Citroen e-C4 with a 136-horsepower engine
At the end of November, the Border Guard collected 27 electric cars with a total value of PLN 5.4 million. Citroen e-C4 entered service. Vehicles equipped with a 136 HP electric engine combined with a 50 kWh battery offer a range of up to 360 km (according to WLTP). They accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 150 km/h. As standard, they have a single-phase charger with a power of 7.4 kW. Along with electric cars, Citroen also provided the Border Guard with wallbox chargers.
“The purchased Citroen e-C4 will not be used along Poland’s eastern border. They will move mainly in larger urban agglomerations, including: in Warsaw, Rzeszów and Wrocław. ABOUTare currently transferred to six Border Guard units: Bieszczady, Karpacki, Silesian, Nadodrzański, Morskie and Nadwiślański“” – told us by Capt. SG Anna Michalska, press spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard.
The purchase of equipment by the Border Guard results from the need to increase the mobility of patrols at air border crossings. In addition, electric Citroens will be used to perform tasks related to the prevention of crimes and offenses against the environment.
Off-road vehicles, minibuses and quads will be put into service
On the occasion of the collection of electric Citroens, the Border Guard boasted that in November 2023 it had already concluded further contracts for the purchase of vehicles. This time, off-road vehicles, minibuses and quads will enter service:
20 Ford Rangers worth PLN 5.6 million,
20 Ford Tourneo Custom cars (PLN 5.4 million),
40 pcs. KL BRUTE FORCE 750 (PLN 4.6 million).
Deliveries of the above-mentioned vehicles are scheduled until December 20 this year. Let us remind you that the purchases are financed mainly from the Modernization Program of the Police, Border Guard, State Fire Service and State Protection Service in the years 2022-2025, but also co-financed from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. Co-financing for vehicle purchases comes from the post-Brexit adjustment reserve (BAR) established by the EU.