Let's hope the bad guys aren't driving cars with more than 300 miles of range.
To anyone who grew up wanting to be a police officer, there are few things as cool as a cop car. All the lights and gadgets are exciting to a kid playing cops & robbers, and if you've been keeping an eye on Dubai's police force, you'll know that some cop cars are cooler than others even in adulthood. We've seen some pretty special police cars over the years, including a Lamborghini Huracan in Italy and even a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat right here in America. But now the UK's police force is getting an unusual police cruiser of its own that has only one drawback - it's electric.
Alongside the new police car concept is a concept Transit van, which Ford is calling a "five-ton 'Protected Personnel Carrier' conversion" with adjustable rear cell and storage areas, but we're mainly interested in the cruiser.
The car in question is a Ford Mustang Mach-E, and it's not the first EV we've seen the UK opt to employ in its fight against crime. The modified Mach-E has just been unveiled by Ford as a concept, and it seems that it'll be rather popular.
According to Ford, "seven forces have either tested the new vehicle or requested a full evaluation of a specially-built concept car." The Metropolitan Police Force has already tried out the regular Mach-E and come away impressed, prompting police officials to urge Ford to take the idea further with a working representation of what police could expect if the Mach-E gets the green light.
The police car you see here is based on the Standard Range AWD model, and if things go well, Ford will offer the Extended Range model in both RWD and AWD configurations. But won't all the lights and gadgets that a police car needs have an adverse effect on range? The concept you see here has been built by Safeguard SVP, who fitted bespoke mounting pods and brackets, as well as low-consumption LED lights. Ford has thought of the effect these items may have and has connected these add-ons to the 12-volt battery used to start the car and run auxiliary systems. Furthermore, the automaker has promised to increase battery capacity "in future developments," suggesting that UK cops could get an even better battery if the car makes it to production.
We love this 999 (Britain's version of 911) livery, and if police are starting to move to EVs, governments will be under even more pressure to improve charging infrastructure. It's a win-win for everyone, except the bad guys.