Ford Debuts First-Ever Pursuit-Rated Police Interceptor Hybrid

Police departments from all across the U.S. are lining up to order 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid, which is the first-ever pursuit-rated police utility vehicle with a standard hybrid engine. So far, police departments nation-wide have placed more than 15,000 orders for the new fuel-efficient squad car.

For the last several years, demand for a hybrid police interceptor that doesn’t sacrifice power and performance has been high. This is largely due to the excessive fuel costs brought on by police fleets made up of conventional gas-powered squad cars. While police vehicles are stationary, traditional gasoline engines are required to run continuously in order to power emergency lighting, radios, computers, and other on-board electrical equipment.

Now, with the new hybrid powertrain available in the Police Interceptor Utility, the engine can be shut off for extended periods of time. Instead of a gasoline engine powering electrical equipment, necessary tools are powered by a lithium-ion battery. This groundbreaking system significantly reduces fuel usage and CO2 emissions, saving taxpayer money and limiting environmental pollution. 

“Our Police Interceptor Utility’s standard hybrid powertrain provides the potential for significant fuel savings with improved performance and no tradeoffs in safety and cargo space.” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “It’s a win-win formula for law enforcement,” he added.

New features and advanced innovations on the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility include factory installed Police Perimeter Alert, a Ford modem with two years of complementary Ford Telematics, and Pre-Collision assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. The all-new Interceptor also passed Ford’s rigorous 75-mph rear-impact crash test, greatly exceeding the federal standard of 50 mph.

Actual fuel mileage will vary, but the all-new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid has an EPA-estimated rating of 23 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. This is a 41 percent improvement over the current 3.7-liter gas engine model. Additionally, each ordered vehicle is expected to save taxpayers between $3,500 and $5,700 in annual operating costs.
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