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Cybertruck Is a Cop Now

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Photo: Dubai Police (Twitter)

The Cybertruck had a good run. Since Elon Musk introduced Tesla’s dystopian play-tank last week, the vehicle has likely garnered more publicity than virtually any car announced in the last decade—and even the trove of critics dunking on the Minecraftian block-wagon seem at least a little bit intrigued by what it will look like on roadways.

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But soon after it becomes available, the Cybertruck will be adopted by at least one law enforcement agency.

On November 26, less than a week after Musk presented the Cybertruck to the world, Dubai Police announced it will add the vehicle to its fleet of police cars.

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A tweet the law enforcement agency posted last week suggests Dubai cops will start patrolling in Cybertrucks by 2020, but... production is set to start in 2021, and Musk said the first models will be ready late that year.

Dubai Police chief Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri told Arabian Business the Cybertruck will boost security in popular tourist areas like downtown and the Burj Khalifa. If the agency did indeed put an order in last week, then it was among the 250,000 pre-orders that Musk claims he had received by Thursday.

The Cybertruck would be just the latest eccentric addition to Dubai police’s squadron, which already includes the Bentley Continental Gs, Aton Martin One-77s, Lamborghini Aventadors, and Ferrari FFs.

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Let’s see how UAE generates electricity, besides having a shitload of crude oil in proved reserves:

https://www.eia.gov/beta/international/analysis.php?iso=ARE

As of 2015 electricity gen was pretty gassy.

The UAE generated over 87% of its electricity in 2015 using natural gas-fired generation.37 Electricity consumption in the UAE reached nearly 112,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2014, placing the UAE among the highest electricity consumers per capita in the world.38 The UAE’s State of Energy 2016 Report states that electricity peak demand has almost doubled over the past 10 years. 39

How it wants its gen mix to be in ten or so years:

The UAE plans to increase its power generation capacity by around 21 GW by 2030 through various projects. These projects, both planned and under development, are comprised of 26.8% nuclear, 24.3% coal-fired, and 22.5% gas-fired. Solar capacity is expected to contribute 26.1% of the total additional generation capacity. These plans include a 2.4 GW Dewa clean-coal facility and the 5.6 GW 4-reactor Barakah nuclear facility.43

Man, they’ll need a another big ol’ plant to cool and desalinate water to generate steam and cool the nuke plant.