While the world goes mad for electric cars are our men and women in blue keeping up? Thanks to Ford, police in the United States will be protecting their citizens while protecting the environment. Ford has announced their latest police vehicle known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The car won’t be involved in any high-speed chases but it will make the force all electric. Ford says their new vehicle is designed for “police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle.” The lithium-ion battery can move the car up to 21 miles on a single charge and up to 85mph on battery power alone.
Will fully charge in just 2.5 hours
The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is based on their Fusion Energi. Both cars share the same powertrain which contains a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor. Both cars are equipped with a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to provide electricity. Because the hybrid car has a smaller battery pack than an all-electric, its users can get away with using a standard 120-volt AC socket. But if you do need to charge up in a hurry the car can get a complete charge in just 2.5 hours using a dedicated 240-volt Level 2 AC charging station.
Vehicles equipped with police friendly features
Of course, these specialty vehicles have some features not seen in their civilian equivalent. These details include the seats having less padding to allow for its drivers and passengers to wear equipment belts as well as some very important changes to the dash and interior to allow for the addition of screens and other related equipment. The police sedan also comes with some pretty cool sounding extras like the “dark-car feature” that power the light inside the car to make it useful for surveillance.
Steve Tyler, the Ford police brand marketing manager says, “This is the first Ford police vehicle that could use no gasoline during a shift. Anyone can plug this into any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.” Hybrid police cars will not only be an advantage of the environment, they could potentially save police departments a lot of money. Police cars on patrol typically tend to spend a lot of time idling. In a regular all petrol powered car this can chew through fuel, but electric cars don’t have this problem.
Ford a long time police vehicle innovator
This isn’t the first time Ford has broken new territory with its police vehicles. In fact, Ford was the first American car manufacturer to create a car specifically for the police. In the 1950 S Ford introduced its first specialist police vehicle that had specific features just for the police model that wasn’t available in the convivial edition. The 1950 police sedan featured a larger trunk for communication equipment as well as improved fuel efficiency. Prior to Ford foray into specialist vehicles, police departments purchased regular vehicles and made any modifications themselves. Ford will take orders for its green police car in December adding to the long list of Ford-badged police vehicles.