Ford Motor Co. has just unveiled the latest vehicle concept the company has been working on. The car is pursuit-rated, meaning that the driver has to wear a police uniform to use this beast. The Los Angeles Police Department might be the very first agency that gets to be present on the streets with this new hybrid patrol car.
The Hybrid Patrol Car Was Called the First Pursuit-Rated Vehicle in the World
On Monday morning, a ceremony was held to introduce the new Ford car in Los Angeles. The vehicle was actually a simple Ford Fusion at the very beginning. However, engineers started boosting the capacity of the car to a top-notch vehicle that was meant for extreme pursuits. After upgrading the suspension, reinforcing the breaks, changing tires and wheels, the car turned into the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.
The vehicle has other insightful upgrades that were specially designed for the profession of a policeperson. Thus, the seats have a unique skid plate that protects officers from any attempt of a stabbing. Moreover, the seats are specially designed to offer enough room for police utility belts. Michigan State Police together with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department tested the product themselves. The conclusion they reached enabled them to place the new Ford Police as the first pursuit-rated vehicle in the world.
Ford Answered a Demand that Wanted Greener Vehicles
The new car is mindful about fuel consumption while chasing the bad guys. The 2.0-liter gasoline engine with four cylinders is coupled to an electric motor with a 1.4-kilowatt lithium ion battery. This ensures the vehicle a capacity of 38 miles per gallon. The fuel economy is twice as efficient as the current police vehicle branded under Ford, namely the Interceptor.
The director of the lease and remarking operations at Ford, Kevin Koswick, stated that the demand for such a product intended for police agencies focused on greener solutions.
“Cities have been asking us for solutions to reduce carbon emissions and costs, and agencies have been asking for greener police cars and greener pursuit vehicles.”
The LAPD might receive its first line of the new hybrid patrol car as early as 2018. The company will start the production of the Responder by next year. There are no disclosed funds that the police will spend on its new acquisitions. However, the Public Information revealed that LAPD intends to own 300 hybrid vehicles by 2020. Moreover, the agency will consider building a comprehensive infrastructure to empower its fleet.
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