COVER STORY: Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

New Ford police vehicle offers battery-only electric mode

By Police Fleet Manager Staff


Earlier this year, Ford revealed the world’s first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle. Now, Ford is giving law enforcement an even more efficient option with the debut of a plug-in hybrid vehicle capable of driving up to 21 miles without a drop of gas. The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, the first plug-in hybrid police vehicle from Ford, is designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel who don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Anyone can plug this in to any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.”

The vehicle’s 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger allows agencies to fully charge the 7.6-kilowatt-hour battery in just 2.5 hours on a 240-volt, level-two charger. But Ford is confident most agencies won’t need anything more than a regular 120-volt wall outlet to recharge. The lithium-ion battery can move the vehicle up to 21 miles on a single charge and up to 85 mph on battery power alone. Once the battery runs down, the vehicle is powered by its gasoline-electric hybrid power plant with a range over 500 miles, eliminating any concerns about the driving range typically associated with battery-only electrics.

The custom interior features heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters for officer comfort plus rear anti-stab plates for safety, along with vinyl rear seating and flooring. Other highlights include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, red-and-white task lighting in the overhead console, police engine-idle feature, alloy wheels, and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk.

Several unique options are available for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, including a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and a rear door control-disabling feature. A special dark-car feature turns off interior lighting and allows the dash cluster to be dimmed 100 percent for surveillance. In addition, several emergency lighting packages like those found on other Ford police vehicles are available.

The new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan joins two other Ford police vehicles revealed this year – Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and F-150 Police Responder. Recently, both successfully completed rigorous testing conducted by Michigan State Police at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich., and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Law enforcement personnel will be able to order the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan in December with sales starting next summer.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Nov/Dec 2017

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