DHS Introduces First All-Electric Federal Law Enforcement Vehicle
The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle will be added to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) fleet, making the organization the first federal agency to adopt an electric vehicle for law enforcement purposes.
DHS currently has over 50,000 vehicles and is one of the largest motor vehicle fleets of any US federal agency. Authorities are aiming for 60% of current vehicles to be replaced by electric vehicles in the coming years, while the Biden administration continues to aim for net zero by 2050.
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Earlier in the year, the Mustang Mach-E underwent a DHS upgrade to equip vehicles with lights and sirens, in accordance with Federal Protective Service standards. Prior to the large-scale deployment of the vehicles, they are now subjected to high threshold testing. The FPS ensures that all DHS vehicles can handle high speeds, on and off-road handling, durability, endurance, and custom tech specs.
In addition to physical requirements, FPS also verifies cybersecurity protocols which include potential threats, vulnerabilities, and possible risks of EV deployment. This is an important measure because vehicles have even more computer chips and connectivity that could be compromised.
Randolph Alles, acting undersecretary for management at DHS, said this in a press release:
“DHS is proactively seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, electric vehicles have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of the Federal fleet and reduce vehicle operating and maintenance costs. DHS is also looking to create climate-resilient facilities and infrastructure and continue to transition the DHS vehicle fleet to electrification in the years to come.”
As part of the DHS Climate Action Plan, fleet electrification is associated with sustainability, energy and water resilience – and will remain a top priority for DHS going forward. Overall, the federal government is now working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with many US states also planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles in the coming years.