Green and mean
I have never really thought about the cost of running a massive fleet of police vehicles. These cars run 24 hours a day sometimes to keep us safe and catch the bad guys. The most common police car on the road today is the Ford Crown Victoria. This car is ending production this year, which means the police are out for a replacement vehicle and Ford has offered up some new rides for The Man to look at.
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Not only do the new police interceptors from Ford have more power, they are also significantly more fuel-efficient. The Crown Vic was rated at 14mpg city and 21mpg on the highway. The new interceptor will offer a 20-25% improvement in fuel economy while offering 265hp from a new V6 or an option of a new EcoBoost twin turbo out of the Taurus SHO in some of the vehicles.
Ford notes that the Las Angeles Police department fields the largest police department in the world with 6,200 vehicles. Those vehicles drove about 27 million miles in 2010 and Ford reckons that the fuel savings of its new interceptor would have saved LA about $20 million in fuel costs at about $4 per gallon.
“We set out to deliver our new portfolio of Police Interceptors to be industry-leading from durability to performance, including taking on one of the most important challenges for agencies today, fuel efficiency,” said Kevin Koswick, director of Ford’s North American Fleet Operations. “With Ford’s new Police Interceptors, we took the industry benchmark, our Crown Victoria, and improved every element including delivering up to a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy.”
I really love the way performance vehicles are going. They are getting more powerful and more efficient at the same time, which is a win/win for enthusiasts and consumers. Ford also says that the city of Detroit would have saved about $10 million on fuel in 2010 by switching to the new vehicles. Even small departments would benefit according to Ford.
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Berkley has 13 cars and spends $2500 monthly on fuel. The small department could have saved $500 monthly using new interceptors thanks to the better economy. That interceptor with the EcoBoost has 365 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Ford says this vehicle outperformed all V8 interceptors in testing with the LA police department.