Ford Turns Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Into Police Cruiser

NOV 20 2017 BY CHRIS BRUCE 12

It can go 21 miles purely on electric power and can travel over 500 miles.

Ford electrifies the market for police, fire, and government vehicles with the launch of a specially outfitted version of the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi that it calls the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.

The model isn’t suitable for pursuits, but the four-door can cover over 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 km) solely on electric power (which if you are wondering – is the same as the regular, for public-consumption Fusion Energi). The Blue Oval thinks the setup would be perfect for officials like detectives or police and fire chiefs. Sales begin in December, and deliveries start in summer 2018.

Like the standard Fusion Energi, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan features a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. It requires two-and-a-half hours to charge on a level-two, 240-volt charger or 7 hours from a conventional 110-volt outlet.

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

Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid Police Cruiser

The sedan comes standard with police-centric equipment. For example, the heavy-duty cloth seats have smaller side bolsters for improved comfort of officers wearing lots of equipment, and anti-stab plates increases their protection. Vinyl rear seats and floors are easy to clean. Plus, there are extra mounting points around the cabin and red and white task lights in the overhead console.

Customers can also order a variety of optional equipment for law enforcement work, including several emergency lighting packages. A dark-car system shuts off the interior lights and dims the instrument cluster for surveillance.

 

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You would think that all the electronic crap running in police cruisers would take at least one mile off the rangel after a full day of operation.

This can reduce gasoline use tremendously for any time the cruiser is normally stopped and running.

It pains me every time we have the NY state fair here, there’s no less than 10 SUVs running for the air conditioning and emergency lights, while police direct traffic and occasionally go in there to cool off. Such a waste, “your tax dollars at work”

“Over 500 miles” means NOTHING when it only has 20 mile AER… who cares if they give it a big gas tank?

Overdue, but what about the loss of trunk space? A Voltec police cruiser is more overdue. Police departments will have to wait for Tesla market demand to bring that tech down into their price range for wider adoption, since lifecycle budgeting still isn’t a widespread public sector practice….

Every time I hear about the “all-electric” range of a PHEV, I wonder: are they talking about functional range, or 100%-0% discharge? You’re really not supposed to do that to a battery, at least not on the daily. And does the car automatically switch to gas-only at a certain battery percentage? Both fully charging and fully discharging a Li+ battery is a bad thing.

All-electric Range (AER) is a measurement from the official testing. They run the test cycle until the car can no longer follow the test cycle using only electricity.
The number of miles is the range.

That’s why the Gen 3 Prius PHEV (commonly referred to as the Plug-in Prius or PiP) had a 6 mile AER, although the blended range was 11 miles: the engine started even though the battery wasn’t fully depleted.

It is always functional range, PHEVs have built in buffers that prevent the battery from being fully charged or discharged, and the range ratings factor in that this portion goes unused.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Now there’a a PoPo car I can get away / blow away from in a hot pursuit……..lol
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Seeing that this will likely hardly ever be charged I just see it as killing the MPG of the car even more. Make it a hybrid or something maybe so that they don’t have to leave the engines running all the time but when a car travels a few hundred miles a day really how many of them are going to be on electricity and how much is that extra weight gonna cost in wasted MPG.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

Exactly!

The funny thing about PHEV’s and especially those that are owned by State gooooberment, they rarely plug them in to charge. The EV’s on the other hand, they make dang sure they get charged. So when they sell off their first gen PHEV fleet, I tell peeps to buy those because you can pretty much guarantee that the battery was very “gently used”.

LOL. I’d invite you to cite your source. But you’re obviously just trolling, says everything about your post (including your username).

This would be great for situations where the cars are just sitting around all day. Our local Wal-Mart has a Ford Fusion security vehicle that drives around the parking lot all day. I’ve always thought it was such a waste of fuel when they could have bought the Fusion Energi instead. Considering it’s duty cycle it could probably operate all day on a single charge.