Ford Introduces New Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle

Ford unveiled its all-new Police Interceptor Utility on June 12, an SUV custom-built for law-enforcement that features a hybrid powertrain and is suited for police pursuits.

The vehicle features a standard hybrid powertrain designed to improve pursuit performance, according to Ford, and also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford says the vehicle’s new design comes amid calls from law enforcement agencies desirous of a vehicle with improved performance and lower operating costs. Ford said in a statement that this vehicle will not only help law enforcement agencies save money, but it will help taxpayers do so, as well.

“The all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid responds to calls from law enforcement agencies for improved performance with lower operating costs to help make the lives of law enforcement officers easier with improved pursuit performance and standard all-wheel drive – and save agencies and taxpayers money. Its hybrid batteries are specially placed inside the vehicle so they do not compromise passenger or cargo space,” the company said in a statement.

Ford said the vehicle’s fuel economy gains, coupled with fuel savings, could help save law-enforcement customers approximately $3,200 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills. The vehicle also save fuel when it is stationary thanks to the hybrid nature of the powertrain.

“The hybrid can power demanding electrical loads from lights, computers, radios and other equipment using its lithium-ion hybrid battery, allowing the gasoline engine to shut off and intermittently run to charge the battery,” Ford’s statement reads.

The hybrid powertrain is a sign of things to come for Ford as the company prepares to roll out hybrid options for every North American SUV.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, said the company is devoted to providing electric vehicles to all their customers, and noted that the police utility’s all-wheel drive will help when pursuing criminals.

“We’re committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford’s next-generation hybrids will excel at providing,” Hau said. “Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don’t stop when it rains.”

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s sales increased by 5 percent in 2018, which Ford says built on five consecutive years of sales growth for the police vehicle. The vehicle currently makes up over 65 percent of the entire police vehicle market in the United States.

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