Ford Motor Company continues its trend as the leading innovator in the field of law enforcement officer vehicles, announcing on Monday that the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is reporting for duty beginning next summer.
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The announcement of the world's first plug-in hybrid police vehicle follows Ford's introduction earlier this year of the world's first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. Then, when the shift is over, the SSPIHS can be recharged at the station in just 2.5 hours using a 240-volt level-two charger (it can also be topped off from 120-volt outlet if charging times are less of a concern). Not only is it capable of running at up to 60 miles per hour on electric power alone, the battery can power the car's various electronics which would normally demand the gas engine in a traditional Interceptor be left running. Unlike that auto, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan isn't pursuit-rated, which means you're not likely to ever see one take chase after a hot-footed perp or get pulled into a high-speed pursuit on the interstate. Instead, it is offered as a cost- and fuel-efficient vehicle for police and fire chiefs, detectives, and government personnel with roles not requiring a pursuit-rated vehicle.
Law enforcement will find that the SSPHS is well-equipped, as it comes standard with rear anti-stab plates in the high-quality cloth seats, engine-idle features, power-distribution box, top tray with equipment mounts, and other police vehicle gadgets. Vinyl rear seats and floors are easy to clean. A driver spot lamp, trunk storage vault, trunk ventilation system, and rear-door disabling are all available as options.More news: Mercedes teases interior of new CLS
Customers can also order a variety of optional equipment for law enforcement work, including several emergency lighting packages. Red and white task lighting in the overhead, a police engine-idle feature, and an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk round things out.More news: Tremaine Edmunds Named a Finalist for the Butkus Award
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