With a vast fleet of police cruisers patrolling the streets of America, even small fuel economy gains have a major ripple effect when discussing operational costs.
But right now, when taking into account the mileage provided by the Taurus-based Police Interceptor and the new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, the difference is actually pretty significant. The V6-powered sedan has an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon while the latest offering can ramp up to 38 mpg combined, which is more than double. Ford also says the new police car is economical even when idling – thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack the engine run time is now lower and an estimated 0.27 gallons of fuel can be saved every hour. Doing the math, Ford says this alone brings fuel savings of around $3,900 each year per vehicle compared to the Police Interceptor.
Hybrid police cars are nothing new, but the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is the first to gain a pursuit rating. The model started life as a standard Fusion Hybrid but underwent numerous changes to become a pursuit-rated hybrid police car. The Blue Oval’s engineers reworked the powertrain, now able to go full electric at speeds of up to 60 mph (96 kph), and if needed the computer will deliver a maximum performance mode for full combined potential.