Coming soon to pull you over for something you did wrong.
Coming soon to pull you over for speeding and/or any other driving offense is the new Ford Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, the first Ford-built police car with this technology. Earlier this year, Ford launched the world’s first hybrid police car (also pictured here), and today the plug-in hybrid has arrived. Cool. Ford says the new Fusion-based plug-in hybrid police vehicle was also built for fire chiefs, detectives and other law enforcement personnel. But where it separates itself from the hybrid version is, obviously, the plug-in tech.
It enables agencies to potentially get through an entire shift without using a drop of gasoline. It comes with a 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger that enables a fully charged battery in only 2.5 hours on a 240-volt, level-two charger. The 7.6-kilowatt lithium-ion battery can alone move the vehicle up to 21 miles on a single charge and a speed up to 85 mph. As is with all other plug-in hybrids, once the battery is depleted, the gasoline-hybrid powerplant kicks in. America’s Finest don’t have to worry about range because Ford claims the powerplant has at least a 500-mile range. Step inside and there are heavy-duty cloth front seats designed specifically for police officer comfort.
These seats also feature anti-stab plates. Rear seats are covered in vinyl. Other notable custom items include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, red and white task lighting, police engine-idle feature, unique alloy wheels, and a driver spot lamp. What we really dig is the special dark-car feature for surveillance. The interior lighting is turned off and the dash cluster is dimmed. Police departments and other agencies can begin placing orders for the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan beginning next month with deliveries starting next summer.