Ford announced their first police vehicle that can run either as an electric vehicle or gas-electric hybrid. Electric range is 21 miles, followed by at least 500 miles of gasoline range as a hybrid vehicle.
The car’s 7.6 kWh battery can be charged on 240 volts in only 2.5 hours, but Ford insists that agencies should be just fine charging the cars on 120v for most users.
While not meant for pursuit personnel, Ford is marketing this vehicle to government agencies as a more budget friendly and more environmentally friendly choice for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other personnel who don’t need a pursuit-rated vehicle.
While not designed for the rigors of pursuit work, the vehicle is designed specifically with other types of police work in mind. The custom interior features heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters, for officer comfort, and rear anti-stab plates, plus vinyl rear seating and flooring. Other highlights include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, red and white task lighting in the overhead console, police engine-idle feature, unique alloy wheels and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk.
Several unique options are available for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, including a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and a rear door control-disabling feature. A special dark-car feature turns off interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance, and several emergency lighting packages like those found on other Ford police vehicles are also available.
This PHEV joins another recent release, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. That hybrid vehicle is gasoline only, and does not have the option to plug in, but unlike the PHEV, is pursuit rated. Michigan State Police didn’t take their word for it, and found that the Responder Hybrid does indeed survive the rigors of pursuit work in track testing.
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