There’s little doubt that fuel is one of the largest costs law enforcement agencies have. Their cars and SUVs are constantly running, burning fuel at rapid rates. One American automaker is turning up the heat to help police departments save money on gas. Ford’s hybrid police car offers a battery-only electric mode that maximizes efficiency.
Designed for government personnel, police officers, and fire chiefs who aren’t in need of a pursuit-certified vehicle, Ford’s hybrid police car takes efficiency to new heights. Dubbed the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, the non-pursuit vehicle follows a pursuit-rated hybrid model that was revealed earlier this year.
“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.”
Ford’s hybrid police car features a 3.3-kW charger that allows police agencies to charge the battery in under three hours. The battery offers a 21-mile range on a single charge. Once the battery is depleted, the gas-electric hybrid powertrain takes over and is capable of achieving a range of more than 500 miles.
The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan joins the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responder. The latest hybrid police car will be available beginning in summer 2018.
At Paul Obaugh Ford, we are happy to see Ford continuing to make positive changes for law enforcement!