All-New Ford Police Interceptor is the Future of Pursuit-Rated Police Vehicles

Ford already accounts for nearly two-thirds of police vehicles sales in the U.S., and now the company believes it’s found the key to keeping the allegiance of the law enforcement community. Their secret weapon: even better-performing vehicles that keep officers safer and save departments — and taxpayers — money.

Ford’s new lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles aims to build on its 65 percent of U.S. police vehicle sales in 2017, and their leading the charge with the all-new hybrid variant of the Police Interceptor Utility.

The Police Interceptor Utility will be joined by the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, Expedition SSV, F-150 SSV, Transit PTV, and SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.

Hybrid technology is a smart move for law enforcement — and taxpayers — because of the potential for significant cost savings. Most of these savings would happen will the vehicles are stationary. A conventional gasoline engine has to run continuously to power the lights, radios, computers, and all the other on-board electrical equipment. This means that even when the conventional cars aren’t really running, they’re using up fuel. But, the new hybrids powertrain allows the engine to shut off for extended periods while the lithium-ion battery powers all the equipment.

The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid has a projected EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg combined. That’s a 41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility equipped with a 3.7-liter gas engine. The projections indicate that the hybrid will save between $3,500 and $5,700 per vehicle annually in fuel costs compared to the current Police Interceptor Utility. If those savings were applied to every unit sold in 2017, it would equate to between $118 million and $193 million, or more than 43 million gallons of gas.

Ford Motor Company has a long history of serving America’s public servants. They hope that their new automotive improvements will better serve law enforcement, so that they can better serve the public.

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