Ford is rolling out the first police pursuit-rated utility vehicle thatís a hybrid. The all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility will feature a standard hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain. Ford says it will save police agencies and taxpayers as much as $5,700 per vehicle annually in fuel costs over the current Police Interceptor Utility thatís equipped with 3.7-liter gas engine.
Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid
The new hybrid powertrain is designed to save fuel while idling, thereby saving both police and taxpayers dollar signs. The powertrainís engine can also shut off for extended periods of time, while still pumping power to electrical equipment like the radio, emergency lights or on-board computers via the battery.
ďOur Police Interceptor Utilityís standard hybrid powertrain provides the potential for significant fuel savings with improved performance and no tradeoffs in safety or interior passenger or cargo space,Ē said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. ďItís a win-win-win formula for law enforcement.Ē
Ford says the new Interceptor has an EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg combined, a 41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility equipped with a 3.7-liter gas engine. Itís estimated to save between $3,500 and $5,700 per vehicle annually in fuel costs versus the current model. (That number was computed using fuel costs of $2.75 to $4.50 per gallon.) Ford crunched the numbers and says if those savings were applied to every Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to between $118 million and $193 million, or more than 43 million gallons of fuel.
The 2020 Interceptor will also introduce some advanced innovations designed for officer safety.
- Perimeter Alert: Factory-installed Police Perimeter Alert uses sensors to monitor an approximately 270-degree area around the vehicle. It analyzes nearby movement to detect potentially threatening behavior. When such motion is detected, the system automatically turns on the rear camera, sounds a chime, rolls up the windows and locks the doors. Motion trails of the detected threat appear on the digital instrument cluster so officers can monitor.
- Ford Telematics: Ford also equips its new Police Interceptor Utility and Police Responder Hybrid Sedan with a Ford modem and two years of complimentary Ford Telematicsô service that enables timely feedback of vehicle usage and location to agency fleet managers.
Available driver-assist technology includes Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking, which features Pedestrian Detection and forward collision warning. Police can disable and override the system if needed to perform precision immobilization technique maneuvers when necessary.
In recent testing by Michigan State Police, the all-new Police Interceptor Utility hybrid had the fastest 0-100 mph acceleration, fastest lap, fastest average lap and highest top speed of 137 mph, versus competitive police utility vehicles tested, including V8-powered entries. The only faster entry was its cousin Ė Ford Police Interceptor Utility powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
Police Vehicle Lineup
Fordís Police Intercepter already accounts for nearly two-third of police vehicle sales in the U.S. When the all-new Police Interceptor Utility takes to the streets in 2019, that lineup will include Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, Expedition SSV, F-150 SSV, Transit PTV and SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
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