According to a press release from Ford, it will continue its drive to be a global electric vehicle leader when it recently revealed the second of 13 new electrified vehicles the company plans to introduce in the next five years. The industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police car, the all-new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, is part of a $4.5 billion Ford investment to make electric vehicles that give customers greater capability, productivity and performance, plus more importantly, better fuel economy.
“Electrifying our next generation of vehicles is core to our unwavering commitment to sustainability,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “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.”
The main benefit of the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is that it will help cities decrease emissions and offer the potential for significant fuel savings. It is projected to provide EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 miles per gallon which is more than twice that of today’s Police Interceptor with 3.7-liter V6 with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined. While idling, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan’s lithium-ion battery helps power the high electrical loads of a police vehicle, reducing engine run time and saving an estimated 0.27 gallons of fuel per hour. Police Responder Hybrid Sedan customers could see up to a $3,900 a year in potential fuel savings per vehicle relative to the Police Interceptor if the vehicle is driven 20,000 miles per year, runs two shifts per day, 365 days per year, idles 4.9 hours per 8-hour shift, and is fueled at an average gas price of $2.50/gallon.