Ford has revealed a pursuit-rated hybrid police car – the all-new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.
The new vehicle will be the first hybrid sedan with full pursuit capabilities, meaning the car is certified by police agencies to be tough enough to handle police pursuits for longer periods at different speeds and over obstacles such as curbs and flooded intersections.
The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan uses an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-litre 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 (97 km/h). The car automatically switches to maximum performance – with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels – when needed.
The Hybrid Sedan is designed to help cities decrease emissions and offers the potential for significant fuel savings, both while driving and while idling. Ford says its patented hybrid technology is projected to provide EPA-estimated combined gas mileage of 38 miles per gallon (6.1 litres/100km) – more than twice that of today’s Police Interceptor with 3.7-litre V6 with EPA-estimated 18 mpg (13 litres/100km) combined.
Ford says the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan can be ordered this year.