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Ford Introduces its First Plug-in Hybrid for Police and Government Customers

The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is the first plug-in hybrid police vehicle from the American automaker.

Earlier this year, Ford introduced the world’s first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle and has now followed up with a plug-in hybrid vehicle that is capable of driving up to to 21 miles on electric power alone. Designed for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel whose jobs don’t require a pursuit-rated vehicle, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features a 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger, allowing agencies to fully charge the 7.6-kWh battery in just 2.5 hours on a 240-volt, level-two charger. The company is confident most agencies won’t need more than a regular 120-volt wall outlet to recharge.

Along with being able to travel up to 21 miles on a single charge, the plug-in hybrid sedan has a top speed of 85 mph on battery power alone. Once the battery is depleted, the gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant takes over with a range of more than 500 miles.

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Inside, there’s a custom interior with heavy-duty cloth front seats. There are also rear anti-stab plates, and vinyl rear seating and flooring. Other highlights include a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment, metal console mounting plate, red and white task lighting in the overhead console, police engine-idle feature, unique wheels, and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk.

“This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Anyone can plug this into any wall outlet to run gas- and emissions-free on battery-only operation.”

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