As vehicle fleets go green, police departments around the world are looking for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to fill various pursuit and patrol vehicle needs. That’s why police in the United Kingdom, where low emissions vehicles are desirable for a variety of reasons, have looked to Ford’s Mustang Mach-E as a possible solution.
Ford, sensing an opportunity, has cooked up this concept based on a Mach-E with the standard range battery pack and all-wheel-drive. (The Environmental Protection Agency rates this combination for 211 miles of range.) But interestingly enough, the car’s accessories—such as its blue lights, sirens, and strobes—don’t run off of the SUV’s battery pack, but rather its 12-volt conventional battery that Ford, like most EV builders, equips for accessory purposes. That also represents a limitation, and Ford is exploring a way to increase the 12-volt battery capacity to improve the number of accessories it can run. But, at least, the Mach-E can run its sirens and lights all it wants without affecting its driving range. The emergency lights are low-draw LEDs, too.
Ford plans to offer other versions of the Mach-E to police departments, particularly the larger battery pack models with rear- and all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the livery is a new design that attempts to improve visibility even further. The conversion was done by Safeguard SVP, an outfit that specializes in police conversions.
Will Ford’s American Police Vehicles operation adopt the Mach-E for patrol duty? It wasn’t too long ago that Ford introduced its first hybrid cop car, based on the now-defunct Fusion. And it currently produces the Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid, which is essentially a Ford Explorer Hybrid modified for police duty. The Mach-E could make a lot of sense for some urban departments or in specialized roles, but that’s all up to Dearborn.
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