Ford has made some big green car news this morning with the reveal of a new hybrid police car and the announcement of a new 300-mile range electric SUV. The new hybrid police sedan is the first-ever hybrid police vehicle and is the second of 13 new electrified vehicles the company plans to introduce in the next five years.
The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is rated at a combined 38 mpg – more than twice that of today’s Police Interceptor with the 3.7-liter V6, which is only rated at 18 mpg combined. Also while idling, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan’s lithium-ion battery helps power the high electrical loads of the police vehicle, reducing engine run time and saving an estimated 0.27 gallons of fuel per hour.
The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is going to launch first in Los Angeles and New York, but Ford hopes to have it available nationwide by next summer.
Ford has also confirmed plans to introduce a new fully electric SUV by 2020, which will have a driving range around 300 miles on a single charge. The new small electric SUV will be sold in North America, Europe and Asia.
“Electrifying our next generation of vehicles is core to our unwavering commitment to sustainability,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “By being a leader in electrified vehicles, we remain committed to delivering cars, trucks and SUVs that are better not only for our customers, but for the environment and society as well.”