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Ford Debuts World’s First Hybrid Police Car

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Authored by Amanda Froelich via True Activist,

Police officers spend a lot of time in their cars, sitting alongside highways or parked in inconspicuous locations so they might catch offenders on the road. In the event something happens, they need to be prepared to floor the gas pedal at a moment’s notice. It’s for this reason police cars are often left idling. Though this might be helpful for the officers, it can take a devastating toll on the environment.

Because there is a dire need for humans to respect the planet and reduce their collective footprint, Ford recently debuted a more environmentally-friendly version of the iconic police car. This is positive news, as the car-maker presently produces about 62% of the police cars sold in the United States.

The Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is expected to improve cities’ police departments by decreasing emissions and saving fuel. With an EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 mpg, it has nearly double the fuel efficiency of present-day Police Interceptor.

 

The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is powered by an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It was intentionally calibrated for the unique duty cycle of law enforcement workers and will run in battery-only mode up to 60 mph. Because the lithium-ion battery helps power the high electrical loads of the vehicle, engine run time is reduced, saving approximately 0.27 gallons of fuel per hour.

On its website, Ford estimates that customers who upgrade from the Police Interceptor to the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will see nearly $3,900 in potential fuel savings per vehicle. The new vehicle will first be introduced in Los Angeles and New York. By the summer of 2018, it is estimated that the eco-friendly police cars will be delivered nationwide.

Credit: Ford

Credit: Ford

Credit: Ford

Credit: Ford