The first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV has been introduced by Ford Motor Company. This all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid SUV offers improved performance with standard all-wheel drive and lower operating costs courtesy of the new hybrid powertrain. Although fuel economy certification for this new model is not yet complete, this new Interceptor is expected to save an estimated $3,200 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus today’s non-hybrid model, saving tax dollars.
“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,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don’t stop when it rains.”
The all-new Police Interceptor Utility has been designed for maximum passenger and cargo space by placing its hybrid batteries inside of the vehicle. The new hybrid-powered SUV will save fuel when the vehicle is stationary by reducing engine idling time. This hybrid can also handle 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.
The Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is calibrated for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle. The utility automatically switches to maximum performance – with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels – when needed. It is projected to accelerate faster, achieve a higher top speed and have at least 40 percent better fuel economy than the previous V6-powered model.
New Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid models will be built at Ford Chicago Assembly plant and will be available for purchase next summer. If you would like to learn more about this exciting new Ford or other specialty Ford vehicles please contact our Ford Dealership in Carrollton, TX.