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Should Police Vehicles Get Better Fuel Economy?

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Published on April 29, 2016 with No Comments

Since the all-new Ford Police Interceptors were first announced in 2010, there has been quite a bit of conversation about the new vehicles. Here’s something new for discussion – the Police Interceptor sedan and utility is expected to deliver average fuel economy gains of between 20 and 25 percent better than the Crown Victoria police car. This can save law enforcement agencies millions of dollars a year on fuel costs.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – the largest sheriff’s department in the world – operates a fleet of 6,200 vehicles that patrol an area the size of Connecticut. In 2010, those vehicles drove more than 27 million miles. A fleet-wide 20 percent fuel economy gain would save the department at least $20 million a year at today’s fuel prices of nearly $4 per gallon.

“We set out to deliver our new portfolio of Police Interceptors to be industry-leading from durability to performance, including taking on one of the most important challenges for agencies today, fuel efficiency,” said Kevin Koswick, Director of Ford North American Fleet Operations. “With our new Police Interceptors, we took the industry benchmark, our Crown Victoria, and improved every element including delivering up to a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy.”

The improved efficiency of the new Police Interceptors is part of the Ford corporate goal to lead or be among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment in which the company competes – and that includes not just the vehicles that consumers buy, but also the cars, trucks and utilities built for fleet buyers such as law enforcement agencies.

Even small towns would see significant savings with the new Interceptors. For example, the city of Berkley, Michigan, just north of Detroit has a police fleet consisting of 13 Crown Victoria police cars that patrol the city’s 2.2 square miles. Berkley had been spending about $2,500 per month on gasoline for its police cars before the recent surge in oil prices. A 20 percent fuel economy gain for Berkley’s patrol cars would have equaled a savings of $500 per month or $6,000 per year. With higher fuel prices, the potential savings is much higher.

The new Ford Police Interceptors, both sedan and utility vehicle, can be ordered with a choice of three powerful V6 engines that deliver more horsepower and better fuel economy than the 250-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 in today’s Crown Victoria police car.

The base 3.5-liter Duratec V6 engine in the new Police Interceptor sedan will deliver at least 280 horsepower. Also available in the sedan is the award-winning Ford EcoBoost™ twin-turbo V6 that will have at least 365 horsepower. The EcoBoost-equipped Police Interceptor comes standard with all-wheel drive that enhances handling and safety during high-speed pursuits. The new Police Interceptor utility model will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6 and features all-wheel drive delivering at least 300 horsepower.

In early testing by police agencies, both new Ford Police Interceptors delivered outstanding performance and won praise for acceleration, handling and braking. The new Police Interceptor sedan with the V6 EcoBoost engine outperformed all V8 competitors in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department testing in November. You can read more about this testing and what actual police officers had to say about the new Police Interceptors.

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