Ford Adds to Police Fleet


This year has been a year for firsts for Ford and its police fleet. The company has been particularly innovative in 2017, and these advances show this forward progress. Ford has recently introduced its first ever plug-in hybrid designed for police work. This plug-in is called the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. It follows closely behind the company’s first every pursuit-rated hybrid vehicle.

The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid is designed for the hardships of police work. However, the plug-in is not currently pursuit-rated. It is designed for police and other government personnel who do not need their vehicle for pursuit purposes. It is a common misconception, but many police officers do not need a pursuit rated vehicle.

The goal of the Special Service Plug-In is to offer officers an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to typical gasoline vehicles. Officers spend a large portion of their time in their vehicles. Whether they are patrolling, escorting, or transporting, police officers spend significant time in their vehicles. With this new plug in, officers may be able to go a whole shift on just electric power.

This new plug-in can travel up to 21 miles on a single charge. In a small town, this may cover an officer’s whole shift, especially if they aren’t doing any pursuit work. Alternative fuels are becoming more prevalent in the auto industry, and this includes police vehicles. Soon, hybrids and plug-in hybrids may be a staple in police forces across the country.

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