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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