Ford says hybrid police car catches bad guys, saves gas too

This Ford Fusion is the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car   It'll save police departments- and by extension taxpayers- plenty of cash in fuel

This Ford Fusion is the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car It'll save police departments- and by extension taxpayers- plenty of cash in fuel

"We have committed to future power trains, and this will change very little with a change in rules", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the Americas, in announcing plans for the automaker to spend $4.5 billion to introduce 13 new electric and hybrid vehicles globally within the next five years. Ford estimates the hybrid will conserve up to 0.27 gallons of fuel per hour compared to its current engine, which could wind up saving cash-strapped local departments $3,900 a year in fuel costs, based on average parameters.

The Responder is powered by Ford's 2.0-litre, four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to an electric motor powered by a 1.4-kilowatt lithium ion battery.

This hybrid will run on its battery-only made to speeds as high as 60 miles per hour, once it surpasses that it will automatically switch to the engine and battery working together. "Internally, you'll be surprised at how comparable they are", he said.

Super-fast cars that are powered by renewable energy are not new, with Tesla now having the fastest commercial electric vehicle in the world with the Model S P100. Additionally, Ford said last week it would electrify 70 percent of its Ford brand portfolio in China by 2025.

The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan has been built to replace the 3.7-litre V6 Police Interceptor used now. He declined to say whether or not sales to police departments were profitable. "We saw a need and we thought we could fulfill it", he said. "We are investing in solutions to help private customers as well as commercial fleet owners seamlessly incorporate these new vehicles and technologies into their lives". By then, Ford says 70% of all Ford nameplates will have electrified powertrain options, including the full range of nameplates produced by Changan Ford. Its government fleet sales, which include shipments to police agencies, are down one-tenth of a percentage point from past year to 5.9 percent of sales. The company claims to sell around 32,000 Interceptors a year.

Chief Charlie Beck was on hand outside police headquarters when the covers were removed from the new vehicles dubbed Police Responders. But they're designed mainly for use in the city, where they will cut emissions in smog-filled cities like Los Angeles and NY, where they will debut.

One department that's interested is Los Angeles, where the Responder would cut emissions in a city famous for its air-quality woes. That is the Los Angeles Police Department. It held a simultaneous reveal in Los Angeles.

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