Ford Motor Firm is pushing one other certainly one of its automobiles into police service after the latest Explorer SUV and previous Crown Victoria and Taurus automobiles. On Thursday, the corporate launched the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Professional Particular Service Car (SSV) with legislation enforcement-specific options.
Ford has been constructing and offering police automobiles for greater than 70 years.
The F-150 Lightning will solely be the most recent Ford EV to affix a police fleet. New York Metropolis picked up 184 Ford Mustang Mach-Es for obligation within the metropolis. The electrical SUV lately was the primary all-electric automobile to go Michigan State Police testing, the usual for the trade, for pace, braking and pursuit.
New York Metropolis additionally has a contract to buy 250 Tesla Mannequin 3s to be used, although these fashions aren’t pursuit rated.
Different electrical fleet choices will quickly be out there to jurisdictions nationwide. The Chevrolet Blazer SS EV can be bought as a pursuit rated patrol mannequin. Earlier this month the corporate debuted the brand new SUV, saying that it has been working with police forward of time to fulfill their wants. GM has been promoting Suburban and Tahoe automobiles to native, state and federal companies for years.
“We’re proud to supply America’s first electrical police pickup truck to native authorities prospects who can use the truck’s game-changing expertise to assist enhance their productiveness,” stated Nate Oscarson, Ford Professional nationwide authorities gross sales supervisor in a press launch.
“Professional Energy Onboard can function a cell energy supply to gentle up night accident scenes on the freeway, the electrical powertrain helps to doubtlessly scale back prices related to gas and scheduled upkeep wants and the Mega Energy Frunk supplies further lockable storage on high of purpose-built police additions our prospects have come to anticipate from the chief in police automobiles.”
Modifications to the Lightning Professional SSV embrace police-grade heavy-duty material seats with diminished bolsters to assist holstered officers enter and exit the automobile, metal intrusion plates within the entrance seatbacks, LED warning beacons, a upfit-friendly instrument panel and vinyl rear seats and vinyl flooring.
Each commonplace and prolonged vary batteries can be provided delivering both 452 or 580 horsepower, 775 pound-feet of torque and a tow score of 10,000 kilos with the larger battery. The Lightning Professional comes commonplace with a 12.3-inch landscape-style touchscreen, the Mega Energy Frunk with energy ports, Sync 4 and Ford Co-Pilot 360 with automated braking, blind-spot indicators and cross-traffic alert.
The present ranges for the Lighting are rated at 230 miles for the usual battery and 320 for the prolonged vary battery, although Ford says mileage ranges for 2023 are forthcoming and may change.
Police departments are additionally within the firm’s E-Telematics, which log the facility utilization, automobile well being, areas and extra. The Lightning Professional SSVs may also be serviced at any of the 650 Ford Industrial Car Facilities and the fleets include consulting companies to handle all the information.
Extra data on the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, together with the SSV, can be out there later this summer time.