Chicago Police orders hybrid Ford Interceptors
The Chicago Police Department has ordered 200 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid vehicles. So far, law enforcement agencies across America from New England to Southern California have ordered 3,700-plus units of the hybrid vehicle, marking 19% of current orders.
The newest generation of the hybrid Interceptor features an improved hybrid drive with which the manufacturer estimates each vehicle to save between $3,500 and $5,700 per year. While Ford does business with police forces across the United States, the fact that the vehicles are produced locally was a decisive factor for the police force acquiring them, as the Chicago PD chief technical officer Jonathan Lewin commented: “The 2020 Ford Police Interceptor is made in Chicago, by Chicagoans and for Chicago police officers.”
The newest version of the Ford hybrid drive features a 41% improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous generation and Ford hopes to impress with a smart hybrid system that “shuts off the gas engine for extended periods of time, allowing the lithium-ion battery to power lights, radios, computers and other on-board equipment, helping to achieve potentially significant reductions in fuel usage and CO2 emissions”, according to Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager.
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