Back in April, Ford showed us one of the thirteen new electrified models it plans to launch by the early 2020s, a Fusion Hybrid kitted out for law enforcement and government fleets.
The next in the range is this car, a cop version of the Fusion Energi, the model’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant, called the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan.
Like the civilian-rated Fusion Energi, this new fleet model promises up to about 30 km on a charge of its battery, a feature the automaker says makes this the “first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline.”
When the battery runs down, the Energi runs like a typical hybrid and boasts a total driving range of more than 800 km.
However, Ford wants to make it clear the cop Energi is not for pursuit duty. Instead, it envisions municipalities buying this car for use by police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other government personnel who are unlikely to find themselves in pursuit situations.
Like other Energi models, this car will charge fully in 2.5 hours using a 240-volt charger, but Ford seems to think most government agencies will be perfectly well off plugging the car into a 120-volt outlet to keep the battery charged up.
Cop-specific features built into the car include heavy-duty front seats designed with flatter bolstering to avoid interference with the accessories and weapons most cops wear on their waist. There are also rear anti-stab plates and vinyl rear seating and flooring.
Options include a driver spotlight, trunk storage vault and ventilation system, and the ability to disable the rear door controls. Ford will also install a dark-car package that kills all interior lighting for surveillance duty, and there is a variety of emergency lighting packages available, too.
Ford says it will begin taking orders for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan next month, and will begin delivering cars to customers in summer 2018.