Hartman found a charger in San Jose for the patrol car, said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
“The Tesla wasn’t fully charged at the beginning of the shift,” Bosques said. “This unfortunately happens from time to time even in our vehicles that run on gas, if they aren’t refueled at the end of a shift.”
It's unclear why the vehicle wasn't charged.
The Tesla was added to the patrol fleet earlier this year as part of a pilot program to determine whether electric vehicles are suitable for police use, the Times reported.