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Published on April 12th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Ford Reveals 1st Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Police Car

April 12th, 2017 by  

Ford has revealed what it describes as the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police car, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. This is part of Ford’s $4.5 billion “electrified” vehicles push (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electrics).

Considering that Ford sells roughly 63% of all the police vehicles sold in the US, the news is pretty notable (though, we already knew it was coming).

As would be expected with a hybrid, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan has a pretty good fuel economy — with the (projected) EPA-estimated combined rating being 38 miles per gallon. That’s around twice the combined fuel economy rating for the Police Interceptor with a 3.7-liter V6 (EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined). So, there are significant fuel savings to be had with the new hybrids.

The press release provides more:

“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 nearly $3,900 a year in potential fuel savings per vehicle relative to the Police Interceptor, if a police 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. The Ford Police Responder online fuel calculator enables customers to determine how much they may potentially save.

“The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan uses an efficient Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter engine with an electric motor fed by an advanced lithium-ion battery. The hybrid is calibrated for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle and will run in battery-only mode up to 60 mph. The car automatically switches to maximum performance — with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels — when needed.”

Orders for the new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will reportedly begin this “spring,” and deliveries next summer.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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