Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Here's a First Look at Ford's New Crime-Busting Hybrid Police Car

Here's a First Look at Ford's New Crime-Busting Hybrid Police Car

Hybrid police cars are nothing new, but the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is the first to gain a pursuit rating.

The Responder is among 13 new hybrid or electric models Ford has said it will offer globally by 2020, which will account for 40 percent of its showroom offerings, up from 13 percent.

While some hybrid vehicles have been used by police departments in the past, the Responder is reportedly the only one to be fully outfitted for all police duties.

Ford's new vehicle comes equipped with upgraded suspension and custom-designed seats with built-in "anti-stab" plates to protect officers from potential rear attacks.

Ford says it has a 63-percent share of the market for police vehicles in the US and suggests that police departments could save nearly $3,900 a year in fuel costs with its hybrid pursuit vehicle.

Ford Motor Co. has introduced the first "pursuit-rated" hybrid patrol auto.

Based on the Ford Fusion Hybrid, it has "full pursuit" capabilities, and runs on the battery only below 60 miles per hour, depending on the charge (Ford didn't specify the lithium-ion battery's capacity, but it doesn't appear to be the plug-in model).

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The new hybrid police auto is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which is fueled by gasoline, which is paired with an electric engine powered by an ion battery of 1.4 kilowatts.

The automaker is spending $4.5 billion on its ambitious plan to electrify its lineup, even as President Donald Trump is considering easing fuel-economy regulations and consumers continue to give a cold shoulder to green vehicles.

A key selling point for these new police cars is the money municipalities could save through greater fuel efficiency.

The pursuit-rated Fusion Hybrid is projected to receive an EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 mpg, versus the 42-mpg combined rating for the civilian version on sale today at Ford dealers.

"By being a leader in electrified vehicles, we remain committed to delivering cars, trucks and SUVs that are better not only for our customers, but for the environment and society as well".

"Our mission to create safe and healthy communities in Los Angeles is achieved through sustainable approaches in community policing, and that includes embracing new technologies", said Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department chief.

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