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Ford’s lineup of electrified vehicles is growing. But you’ll be more likely to see this one on the job or perhaps even in your rearview mirror than you will on the showroom floor. Introducing the all-new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, one of 13 new global electrified models the company will reveal over the next five years.
The Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is a blend of police-service-rated power and gas-saving technology. We have an extensive history of well-regarded and high-performing police vehicles, and this new model is part of our investment in electrification efforts. Police departments and municipalities across the country have been looking for solutions to the high cost and negative environmental impact of police vehicle fleets, many of which spend hours sitting with the engines idling. This new vehicle may be the answer.
“As voters have become more vocal about wanting greener city fleets to lower emissions and save tax dollars, police departments have been asking for a solution,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, the Americas. “We’re listening. Our all-new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will bring benefits to police officers and communities across the United States by providing pursuit-rated performance that also can save them fuel, time, operation costs and emissions.”
Powered by an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter I-4 engine with an electric AC motor fed by a 1.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan has a unique hybrid pursuit mode. While idling, the vehicle is optimally fuel efficient. But when duty calls, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan delivers maximum power, unleashing the full capability of the engine and electric motor.
The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will help cities decrease emissions and offers the potential for significant fuel savings, both while driving and while idling. While driving, Ford’s patented hybrid technology is projected to provide EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 miles per gallon – more than twice that of today’s Police Interceptor with 3.7-liter V6 with EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary; final EPA-estimated ratings are not yet available.
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.
Like any vehicle destined for police duty, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is put through its paces. That means it goes through extensive and rigorous testing, conducted annually by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with third-party experts. It’s expected to be the first-ever hybrid vehicle with approved full pursuit capabilities.
In addition to the groundbreaking new hybrid powertrain, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will feature all of the available crime-fighting gear, upfitted directly by the professionals at the dedicated Ford police vehicle modification center in Chicago. This includes everything from available ballistic doors to custom lighting packages to driver’s side spotlights.
The vehicle will be delivered to police departments nationwide next summer. Visit ford.com to learn more.