Ford on Friday began accepting orders for its new, 2019 Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle.
The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, unveiled in New York and Los Angeles last month, is based on the Ford Fusion Hybrid. It’s powered by a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, coupled with an electric motor that draws power from a 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. That powertrain could save police departments up to $3,900 annually, per vehicle, in fueling costs, thanks to an estimated 38 combined miles-per-gallon and projected fuel savings of 0.27 gallons per hour at idle.
Cops idle a lot. The new hybrid benefits in this regard from its 1.4-kWh battery, which can power lights, radios, computers, and other typical police equipment itself, with the engine only activating periodically to top off the battery.
Like all Ford police vehicles, the Responder Hybrid Sedan will be tested independently by Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at a later date, both of which will publish their results. Nationwide deliveries of the pursuit-rated hybrid are planned for summer 2018.
The Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan was one of seven new electrified vehicles announced last January, and is one of thirteen new electrified Ford vehicles slated to arrive by 2020. A second hybrid police vehicle is expected to bow soon.