These Mercedes-Benz Police Cars Are Too Cool For America

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Built to address future police mobility issues.

The United States tends to have some pretty cool police vehicles. Over the years, police forces in the US have used a variety of vehicles but the best-known example was the Ford Crown Victoria. Most of the Crown Vics have been retired now with police forces opting for the Ford Police Interceptor, which is based on the Explorer. Some police cars are a bit more interesting like the Dodge Charger but for the most part, countries like Dubai have us beat in terms of cool factor.

At the 11th General Police Equipment Exhibition and Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Mercedes-Benz showed off a total of five new police vehicles with electric, hybrid, and hydrogen drivetrains. Each one is designed to address mobility challenges that will be faced by police in the near future.

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This is the first time that the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC has been shown wearing a police livery. The EQC is already on sale in Europe but has been delayed in the US until 2021. Positioned next to the EQC is the GLC F-CELL, which is the company's first police vehicle to be powered purely by hydrogen. HEVs are more practical than conventional EVs because they can be quickly filled with hydrogen for additional range. The only issue is the availability of hydrogen filling stations, which are highly limited in the US. For more conventional usage, Mercedes has also brought along an E-Class Wagon featuring plug-in hybrid drivetrain paired with a frugal diesel engine.

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Mercedes also showed up with its mid-size Vito van, which can be used as a patrol car, an operations vehicle, a police dog unit, and by other departments. The display shows three available wheelbases (compact, long, and extra-long), various drive forms (front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and all-wheel drive), and different conversion variants. These vans are all powered by conventional engines but Mercedes plans to offer electric variants in the future. We highly doubt any of these Mercedes police vehicles will see use in the US but it is still cool to see what the 5-0 drives in other countries.

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