All that cop stuff

In a hybrid? Ford says yes:

It’s a pursuit-rated vehicle, so the hybridized rig isn’t a slouch. With standard gas-electric operation and all-wheel drive, Ford wants this vehicle to be the reason agencies around the country ditch their Chargers and Tahoes.

In Michigan State Police testing, Ford claims the hybrid Police Interceptor Utility ran away from the pack, besting even V8 offerings from other brands. The new rig beats the outgoing 3.7-liter model by 1.1 seconds in a 0-60 dash, and by 4.7 seconds in a run up to 100 mph. Top speed is 137 mph. The automaker states that in terms of 0-100 acceleration, lap time, average lap speed, and top speed, the eco cruiser can’t be beat. Well, except by another, hotter variant of the same vehicle.

There are wise guys out there who will look at that 137 and snicker. I would remind them that they can’t outrun a radio.

And furthermore:

In hybrid guise, the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery doesn’t consume any additional cabin space, nor will it electrocute nearby fish while traversing 18 inches of water at 15 mph.

The only apparent downside is that it’s a 2020 model, so it will be a few months before Dearborn looks at your purchase order.

3 comments

  1. McGehee »

    5 January 2019 · 8:57 am

    But wil it really save on fuel in real-world police usage, or is it just a boondoggle an opportunity to turn those flashing blue lights into a virtue signal?

  2. CGHill »

    5 January 2019 · 12:30 pm

    It’s the same shape as ordinary Explorers, and there’s only a small hybrid badge, so I suppose it’s not much of a signal.

    Apparently the engine shuts down while idling at the donut shop.

  3. McGehee »

    5 January 2019 · 2:33 pm

    Okay, shutoff-while-idling could actually represent a tangible savings; ordinary gas-powered cruisers seemingly never get turned off during a “tour” (as they call it on “Blue Bloods”). I understand why they do it, but it’s got to run up one whale of a fuel bill.

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