Ford has just stepped up its game by electrifying its models for the police, fire and government market. This special edition model of the Fusion Energi, which is officially known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Though this model was not made for pursuits, the four-door vehicle can cover as far as 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 kilometers) that’s propelled by electric power alone.
According to Ford, they believe that this sort of setup is perfect for officials like detectives, police and fire chiefs. This model will be up for grabs starting December this year, but deliveries will not begin until summer 2018.
What powers the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid is the same battery that they use in the Standard Fusion Energi, and that is a 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged on a level-two 240 volt charger in just two and a half hours, or a conventional 110 volt outlet for 7 hours.
Stephen Tyler, who is Ford’s police brand marketing manager, said in a statement that this particular vehicle is the first police vehicle from the brand that can last a whole shift without needing a single drop of gasoline. He also said that this car can run by the use of only battery, after it has been plugged into any wall. This means that it can run gas- and emissions-free.
Being a police vehicle, the sedan should of course have police-centric equipment. And this includes heavy duty cloth seats, smaller bolsters to improve comfort when the cops are wearing a lot of equipment around their waist, and most importantly, anti-stab plates to improve their safety. The rear seats and floors are made of vinyl to make it easier to clean as well. Around the cabin are extra mounting points, together with red and white task lights in the overhead console.
As usual, there are some optional features especially for law enforcement work such as several emergency lighting packages. The car will also shut off the interior lights while dimming the instrument cluster for surveillance with the dark car system.
The PHEV will be joining Ford’s current lineup of hybrid police vehicles. We also learned that the Fusion Hybrid based police Responder Hybrid Sedan is pursuit-rated, but better yet, it has fuel economy that’s twice as good as the Old Crown Victoria Interceptor.
Imagine being a police officer and not having to worry about gassing up while you are on duty. With its range and efficiency, it’s just great that there’s one less thing to be concerned about when going after criminals.