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FOCUS: 2018 Ford Police Vehicles

Hybrid Technology and First-Ever Pursuit-Rated Pickup Truck

By Police Fleet Manager Staff


Ford has been trusted by American law enforcement since 1950. The best-selling police vehicle in America is the Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Ford is also the number-one make of police vehicles. When both the PI Utility and the PI Sedan are taken together, Ford has 60 percent of the police vehicle market. In 2018, police fleet managers will have even more vehicle options from Ford to enhance their fleets. 


Police Responder™ Hybrid Sedan

Ideal for local patrol use, the Ford Police Responder™ Hybrid Sedan provides a capable option that delivers multiple potential benefits. These include potential fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as potentially fewer fill-ups, all resulting in less vehicle downtime to keep your vehicles and officers on the road.

Purpose-built for the police duty cycle, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan’s hybrid powertrain can offer significant potential fuel savings compared to traditional police cruisers. Its lithium-ion hybrid battery can also provide added benefits when considering the unique idling demands of daily police use.

It’s optimized for local patrol and response. Compared to traditional police cruisers, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan gives law enforcement a potentially small carbon footprint… thanks to potentially reduced CO2 emissions.

With on-the-job learning gained from the duty-tested Police Interceptor,® Ford’s years of experience in the field have taught provided the unique durability and reliability requirements that police use demands. Features include: heavy-duty suspension components; rugged cloth front seats with slim bolsters, designed to assist officers wearing a duty belt; tough anti-stab plates in the front seat backs; and easy-to-clean heavy-duty vinyl rear seats and floor.

Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is intuitively designed with the standard equipment that police use demands. The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan combines a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine, an 88-kW electric A/C motor and a 1.4-kW lithium-ion battery to have a projected EPA-estimated rating of 38 combined mpg1 (compared to an EPA-estimated rating of 18 combined mpg for Police Interceptor® Sedan).

Another hybrid advantage? Potential fuel savings from reduced engine idling time. While on duty, even at idle, police vehicles must constantly keep their engines running to power lighting packages, radios, computers and other electrical equipment. The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan reduces engine idling time by powering its electrical load using the lithium-ion hybrid battery. This allows the engine to run less, now only intermittently called upon to top off the battery.

Potentially decreased fuel usage leads to fewer fill-ups per shift… and can help vehicles and officers spend more time on the beat.

Police Responder Hybrid Sedan was designed and developed to meet the same federal fuel system crash standards as retail vehicles and other manufacturers’ police vehicles. Police Responder Hybrid Sedan does not have the size or heavy structure necessary to meet the 75 mph rear-impact crash test. Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles on the market designed for the 75 mph rear-impact crash test.


F-150 Special Service (SSV) & Expedition Special Service (SSV)

For its law enforcement, government and fleet customers, Ford is unveiling its new 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle (SSV) and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle (SSV) designed to meet their very specific needs. They might be the only new vehicles sold in the United States with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats, and 10-speed column-mounted shifters—just the kind of features their customers want.

The 2018 F-150 SSV is even tougher, smarter and more capable, with a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150.

The all-new 2018 Expedition provides fleets with generous space, connectivity, and smart technology for their specialized applications. Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles. Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat and vinyl flooring replaces carpeting make it easy to clean.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty. Both SSV packages provide the space and extensive utility to meet the specialized needs of law enforcement.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Whether equipped with the V8 or high-torque EcoBoost, power is not a problem for customers choosing either of these Special Service Vehicles.


F-150 Police Responder

The all-new 2018 F-150 Police Responder™ is the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck to market, possessing the highest horsepower and greatest torque of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. Performance features include police-calibrated brake system, all-terrain tires, and 18-inch alloy rims, plus the largest passenger volume of any pursuit-rated vehicle. Engineered for high-performance capability and durability for both on-road and off-road situations, this new police vehicle is ideal for rural environments, and it is performance-rated for speeds up to 100 mph.

Its 3.5L EcoBoost® 4-valve V6 is partnered with a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission configured with progressive range select and selectable drive modes: Normal, Tow/Haul, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport. The shifter is column-mounted, the alternator is 240 amps, and the speedo is police-calibrated. Upgraded brake calipers and unique brake pad-friction material deliver necessary performance. Also, the 18-inch 6-spoke machined aluminum wheels are wrapped in Goodyear® Wrangler® tires with all-terrain traction to help conquer extreme environments.

The F-150 Police Responder has the most interior passenger volume of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. With 131.8 cu. ft. of interior space, it can comfortably seat five officers with body armor and holsters. With the best payload capacity (2,030 lbs.) and best towing capacity (7,000 lbs.) of any pursuit-rated police vehicle, this powerful pickup has a first-in-class, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and cargo box to reinforce its Built Ford Tough® reputation for quality, durability and strength. To learn more, see the F-150 Police Responder article in this issue.

Ford offers a well-rounded and versatile Police Vehicle selection available to your agency with the additional selections of the Police Interceptor Sedan Special Service (SSV), Special Service Police (SSP) Sedan, Police Interceptor Utility, and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle (PTV). Subscribe to Police Fleet Manager Magazine (PFM) to stay informed throughout the year on these vehicles and more industry news.

Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company








Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jul/Aug 2017

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