Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is tested as a future police car
When Ford became the first automaker to offer a factory-issued police package in 1950, it solidified as the face of the police car. The blue oval logo, which was actually a badge at the time, is still the first thing most speed drivers see through their rear windows before receiving a traffic ticket.
Much has changed in 71 years. The iconic image of a police car has changed from a predominantly black and white sedan to a variety of SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and more. Vehicles with more space, more lights and more technology have become the benchmark for law enforcement, giving Ford the perfect opportunity to prove that its all-new electric Mustang Mach-E can meet the challenges facing the police are confronted every day.
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In mid-September, Ford turned over the keys to its Mach-E police pilot to the Michigan State Police, one of two law enforcement agencies in the country that annually test potential candidates. patrol cars. Each vehicle tested has its tabulated scores and published as a public report. Naturally, the police car king wanted his all-new electric crossover to get into the action.
Tests that assess vehicle performance include scenarios that mimic a potential chase, which allow testers to measure the car’s acceleration, braking, top speed and agility on a marked course. The tester then examines the utility of the car by evaluating its ergonomics and accessibility. Instrumentation, vehicle controls and overall exterior visibility are essential during this scoring process. And finally, they evaluate the fuel economy of the car to estimate its operating cost.
While Michigan State Police have yet to report the Mach-E’s exact performance in these areas, Ford says the Mach-E has been able to withstand competition, a group consisting largely of cars at proven gasoline.
“The fact that the Mustang Mach-E has successfully withstood the grueling evaluation of the Michigan State Police demonstrates that Ford can build electric vehicles capable, rugged and reliable enough for the toughest jobs,” said said Ted Cannis, CEO of the automaker. commercial division, Ford Pro. “We understand the needs of our business customers and are committed to opening up new electrification opportunities for them. “
Ford not only tested its Mach-E as a police car for American customers, it also designed a concept for the Bobbies across the pond.
In early September, Ford unveiled its Mustang Mach-E police concept for the UK police. Equipped with a so-called ‘blue light’ livery, the Mach-E sports the same Battenburg markings and high-visibility hazard warning lights as other police vehicles in the United Kingdom, while offering a modern take on the aging gasoline fleet. and diesel. Since the model was presented, seven separate UK police forces have requested a full assessment of the Mach-E as a future police car.
Ford’s talk to the various police departments concerns the efficiency of the crossover and the potential cost savings compared to a traditional cruiser with an internal combustion engine. While the idea of an electric police car may seem like an alien concept, law enforcement around the world is starting to buy into the message.
In the United States, the popularity of battery-powered patrol cars is increasing. The Bargersville, Indiana Police Department began using a Tesla Model 3 as a marked police vehicle in 2019 – today it has five. Likewise, police in Fremont, California (where Tesla vehicles are made) recently bought its first Tesla Model Y to complement its existing Model S.
The most important factor for many agencies is money. Although departments pay more up front for electric vehicles, the overall cost savings over the life of the vehicle can make the purchase almost neutral compared to traditional gasoline units.
Police in Nitro, West Virginia, believe their department recently purchased $ 42,000 Tesla Model 3 can save the ministry up to $ 4,000 per year in fuel and maintenance. Compared to the $ 38,000 the department typically spends on a gasoline cruiser, it would take less than two years to realize immediate savings. Bargersville Department Police Chief said the ministry’s fleet of electric police cars saves more than $ 6,300 annually per car, enough to help the department hire two new officers.
As Ford begins to offer electrified versions of its vehicles, it is inevitable that more and more officers will find themselves behind the wheel of a battery-powered car. The Mach-E just happens to be Ford’s first offering in the electric vehicle space, and the Blue Oval wants to prove that electricity can be just as good, if not better, than gasoline.