General Motors initially introduced its Tahoe PPV at the 2013 SEMA Show, where they touted it as only a concept vehicle. Shortly after, they confirmed the new SUV would go into production, falling into the hands of interested law enforcement agencies all over the United States in Canada. Now, the first Tahoe PPVs have been delivered, with the County of Ventura in California being the first force to receive their new cruisers.
The County of Ventura is actually phasing out police sedans altogether, with plans to replace their fleet of Ford Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers with Chevrolet Tahoe PPVs. They will receive a total of 25 Tahoe PPVs by the end of 2014 and plan to take delivery of the remaining vehicles in 2015. Many other agencies have expressed interest in the Tahoe PPV, the only full-size body-on-frame police SUV available, with GM receiving more than 6,500 orders for the vehicle since it hit the market in March.
“The safety and ergonomics of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV are the key reasons for the sheriff’s department and our fleet operations team choosing this vehicle to replace their current patrol vehicles,” Peter Bednar, County of Ventura Fleet Operations manager explained. “The visibility from the vehicle allows deputies to better spot incidents and react faster.”
Chevrolet says law enforcement groups also prefer the Tahoe PPV as the vehicles have a low cost of ownership and high resale value. Chevrolet also offers the Caprice PPV sedan and Silverado 1500 SSV to police and other organizations, however the Tahoe remains its best-selling police vehicle.