Is the Mach-E the cop car of the future?
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has been destined for police use ever since it was unveiled (is the reasoning behind Ford's first electric vehicle being a quick crossover starting to make sense yet?), and over the past year, we've been waiting to see if the EV has what it takes. Earlier this month, we learned that the Mustang Mach-E would be tested in almost stock form to see if it could handle the demands of being a cop car, and it seems that the jury has reached a verdict. The Mustang Mach-E has just become the first all-electric vehicle to pass Michigan State Police's rigorous testing program.
Michigan State Police is one of only two law enforcement agencies that will annually test new model year police cars and publish the results for other agencies to use. The department put the electric crossover through a series of tests that included evaluations of the car's acceleration, top speed, braking, and emergency response handling characteristics, and the Mustang Mach-E passed on all fronts. While this doesn't necessarily mean that Michigan will opt to use the Mach-E for typical police work, it does mean that other police departments across the country can now make a more informed choice. In time, this could pave the way for new police cars everywhere, and progressive states like California will almost certainly be keeping a close eye on a potential concept from Ford.
A new concept car from Ford in the UK saw a more comprehensive suite of police-specific upgrades applied the Mustang Mach-E, and the response there has been great too. We, therefore, assume that it's only a matter of time before Ford in the USA produces its own concept cop car to pitch to police forces across the country, and knowing Ford's strong history with law enforcement agencies, it's not a stretch to imagine that interceptor vehicles like the Explorer and F-150 may someday soon be replaced by the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning respectively. If that happens, lights and sirens will definitely be more important than ever.