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Ford Is Making Hybrid Police Cruisers Now as well

Ford Motor Co., which sells more police vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests from cities nationwide.

The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid.

Ford Motor Co., which sells more police vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests from cities nationwide. The new car, with its 2-Liter four-cylinder engine and 1.4 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, is expected to get 38 miles per gallon of gas in combined city-highway driving. That’s 20 mpg more than Ford’s current police car, the Taurus police interceptor.

The hybrids won’t be as fast as the Taurus with a 3.7-Liter turbocharged V6, but Ford expects it to be quick enough to earn a pursuit rating when tested later this year by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the first hybrid to earn that honor. To get a pursuit rating, cars have to perform well in acceleration, handling, braking, top speed and ergonomics and make the list of cars that the Michigan and Los Angeles agencies would buy.

When the throttle is held down for five seconds, the car will go into pursuit mode, using both the electric motor and the gas engine for maximum performance, Ford said. The company also says the car will be durable for tough police duties.

Police cars spend much of their days idling by the side of a road, and that’s where the hybrid has a true advantage, Ford said. The gas engine will shut off at idle with the battery handling the electrical load for flashers, radios and other items. It will restart to recharge the battery.

Ford said at $2.50 per gallon for gas, the hybrid would save a police department $3,877 per year in fuel costs per vehicle. The price of the hybrid, available in the summer of 2018, isn’t being released just yet.

Ford was to unveil the police car Monday with press conferences in New York and Los Angeles. One already has been outfitted to look like a Los Angeles police cruiser.

While big-city departments might be most interested in the fuel savings, the cars might also be appealing to small departments.

Thomas Korabik, chief of the 10-officer North Muskegon, Michigan, Police Department, said his city spends about $22,000 per year on gasoline for four cruisers and would be interested in cutting that in half.

But he wonders if the Fusion is big enough inside to carry computers, radios and other equipment. Many departments have switched to SUVs to handle the equipment, said Korabik, who also is president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Anytime you can save money it is good,” he said. “I’d want to see the car first and see how it would hold up.”

Todd Soderquist, Ford’s chief engineer for the Fusion Police Responder, conceded the car is smaller than other cruisers on the outside. “Internally, you’ll be surprised at how comparable they are,” he said.

Henry Sapiecha

M1 chaos as truck rolls on to police car on Gold Coast’s M1 motorway Qld Australia

A TRAPPED police officer had to be cut from his wrecked car after a terrible smash with a truck on the M1 this morning.

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The M1 is in gridlock after a truck reportedly rolled on to the police car in the southbound lanes just after 11am.

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It is understood two police officers were sitting in the car parked by the side of the M1 when the truck veered out of its lane, clipping the police car on the side and crushing the police car on to the side barrier.

The collision caused the truck to tip on to its side. It then slid 70m down the road.

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The M1 is in chaos after a bad truck and car crash. Photo: Ali Marks

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police-car-crash-gold-coast-qld-australia image www.policesearch (4)A witness reported seeing an officer freed from his vehicle by emergency service personnel using the ‘jaws of life’.

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Traffic is rapidly building and is banked up several kilometres back to the Oxenford exit.

Traffic in the northern lanes is also slowing with reports it has banked up back to Gaven.

There are no details on any injuries from the smash.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.


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LAPD Is Testing Tesla Model S P85D Police Cars

The LAPD is eyeing Tesla’s fastest, most powerful Model S as a potential pursuit vehicle. Extension cord not included.

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The LAPD has apparently been impressed enough with the Tesla Model S that it’s considering using them as police cars. The police department has been testing two high-performance P85D sedans for more than a year.

Speaking with CNBC, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan said:

Tesla definitely stepped up and gave us the Model S to do some evaluation with them. To assess the vehicle’s performance in our environment and to learn what are the drawbacks and positives of this type of vehicle in our fleet operation. Not only on the regular transportation side, but also the future in the high-pursuit-rated vehicle arena.

Partly due to its high price, the Model S won’t see official duty for a while, but the LAPD already sees its potential in the long run.

“Is it practical now? No,” said Yegiyan. But in “the next three to five years . . . not only will the industry push toward electrification, but prices will drop on vehicles. While that’s occurring we’ll be in the space learning and contributing to the process.”

With the price of a Model S P85D pushing $100,000, it’s understandable that police departments would want to hold off on adding them to their fleets. Even loaded with all the necessary police equipment, an Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor still costs less than half that price.

But when it becomes reasonable to begin using electric police cars, the LAPD wants to be ready. It’s is also testing a BMW i3, and police officers are already using several electric motorcycles and scooters around the city.

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“In California, there’s pressure from above and there’s also a desire on the part of the (electric vehicle) manufacturers to get their vehicles out there,” Tom Libby, an analyst at IHS Automotive, told CNBC.

But don’t expect conventional automakers like Ford and Dodge to let Tesla move in on law enforcement fleet sales without a fight. “We are a leader in law enforcement, and we intend to remain the leader,” Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance fleet supervisor, told CNBC.


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Ford Mustang loses its police stripes after overheating within minutes of a simulated pursuit in Australia

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THE Ford Mustang may be in hot demand but it won’t be in hot pursuit.

The iconic US muscle car has lost its police stripes after failing a critical test at the final hurdle before it could become a highway patrol vehicle.

NSW Police are now likely to be driving Volvo sedans and wagons, after their highway patrol counterparts in Queensland took delivery of five Swedish cars last month as part of a trial.

News Corp Australia has been told the Ford Mustang passed a brake test in the simulated pursuit at the police driving academy in Goulburn, however the automatic transmission overheated after just two laps, or about three minutes of driving.

The Mustang was then taken to the local Ford dealership in Goulburn for repairs after the performance flagship went into “limp home mode”.

While Ford is now holding a record 6000 orders in Australia for the Mustang — pushing the waiting list to 18 months — none will join NSW Police ranks after failing the endurance test, which is conducted for safety reasons before a car can be put into police service.

The future of the Ford Mustang bought by NSW Police for the trial is unclear. It may be used as a show pony at road safety displays, or could be stripped of its livery and sold.

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The Ford Mustang was one of a number of vehicles police are considering to replace Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon pursuit cars, once they go out of production.

The Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon have been a staple of highway patrol fleets across Australia for decades, with more than 1000 in use nationally.

The Mustang’s police test failure means Ford will miss out on a large slice of the market it has previously dominated.

While cars like the Toyota Camry will replace general duties police sedans, finding suitable highway patrol vehicles is more difficult because the Falcon and Commodore have a lot of performance for the price.

Once the Ford production line closes in October 2016 and the Holden production line closes in late 2017, police will be forced to drive imported cars.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told News Corp Australia the Mustang “was not specially engineered for police use” and described the test as “extreme” as it involves “more than twice the amount of braking manoeuvres as the global standard”. Ford had to make upgrades to the brakes and transmission cooling to the current Falcon before it passed the police test.

Mr Sherwood added: “We are confident Mustang would help officers chase down bad guys if put into service”.

NSW Police said it would not comment as the evaluation process for highway patrol replacement vehicles was “ongoing”.

Last week, police in Victoria became the envy of their colleagues after taking delivery of a $200,000 Mercedes SUV that can sprint from 0 to 100kmh in a Porsche-like 4.2 seconds.

But it did not cost taxpayers one cent because it was donated by Mercedes for a 12-month trial.


Henry Sapiecha

Don’t Bother Running From Italy’s Badass New Alfa Super Police Car

A twin-turbo, six-speed Alfa Romeo manual cruiser for the Carabineri.

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The Italian Carabinieri know how to do a police car right. Look no further than this Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which was presented to the Carabinieri by Fiat Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne and John Elkann in a ceremony Thursday. Yes, it’s the 503-horsepower version of the Giulia and better still, it’s got a six-speed manual.

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You might be wondering, “why do Italian military police need a twin-turbo super sedan,” noting the lack of Charger Hellcats in most of America’s police fleets. It’s here for the same reason why the Carabinieri has a fleet of Lotus Evoras: They sometimes need something really fast for, you know, police duty. Stuff like delivering organs and blood or escorting important people.

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The force will only get two Giulia QVs, but Fiat Chrysler will provide the Carabinieri with 800 cars this year including Giuliettas, Jeep Renegades, and Fiat Panda 4x4s. Also at the presentation ceremony was a gorgeous Alfa Giulia Super police car from the 1970s.

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This might not be as ridiculous as some of the cars in Dubai’s police fleet–which includes a Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin One-77, Lamborghini Aventador, and other supercars–but there is something so right about this Giulia in a Carabinieri livery. It’s almost assuredly cooler than whatever your local constabulary drives.

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New Porsche 911 offer deal for NSW Australian Police


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Sydney police have traded in their Porsche Panamera sedan for a 911 Coupe.

Provided for free under a deal with the manufacturer, police will use the $209,100 sports car as a conversation-starter at community events and on social media.

The 911 Carrera has a 3.4-litre engine that makes 257kW of grunt – less than a V8 Holden Commodore patrol car, but enough to drive it to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 289km/h.

NSW Police Force Superintendent Alan Sicard says the force has already received nearly 1,000,000 Facebook hits as a result of its partnership with the brand.

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“Up until now our partnership with Porsche has been with its Panamera sedan. Swapping into an eye-catching 911 Carrera will up the ante to become an even more effective means to enable social dialogue,” he says.

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NSW police’s previous Porsche Panamera.

“Although the 911 might make an ideal Police response car in some people’s eyes, the true value of the sporty Carrera in police decals is that it will draw attention and curiosity with younger folk especially which is exactly what we aim to achieve.”

Police say the car will not be used for high-speed pursuits, and taxpayers will only foot the bill for fuel and tolls used by the car.

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The thoroughbred sports car should not prove expensive to run, as its 9.0L/100km fuel figure is only a little more than that of Holden’s entry-level Commodore.

But officers driving the Porsche may need to treat it carefully, as a well-meaning officer destroyed the engine in a one-off police Ford Falcon GT in February by feeding it the wrong fuel.

NSW Police have used a variety of vehicles for community awareness duties, including a Volvo S60 Polestar sedan, Lotus Exige and supercharged HSV GTS sedan.

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While they may be fancy by local standards, Australian police specials pale in comparison to the Dubai police fleet, which is home to machines such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Veyron.

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Hi-tech police car logs and checks 5000 number plates against database in single shift.

Senior Constable Jamie Kahle with the BlueNet police car and its innovative cameras.

Geelong traffic police are taking crime fighting to new level, thanks to a set of new hi-tech wheels. The BlueNet prototype vehicle features the first fully integrated automatic number plate recognition system, in-car video and mobile data terminal in Australia.

The police vehicle boasts mounted cameras on the front, rear and roof to scan all cars it passes. Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said BlueNet could scan the number plates of moving and parked cars to notify police of any unlicensed drivers, unregistered or stolen vehicles and those with outstanding fines.

“BlueNet vehicles are another tool police will use during the Christmas and New Year period to detect and remove those who, for a range of reasons, shouldn’t be our roads,” Mr Wells said. “The technology in these vehicles dramatically improves police efficiency and drastically increases the number of licence and vehicle checks officers can conduct on the front line. It only takes BlueNet half a second to scan a car as it travels past, and in one shift up to 5000 vehicles can be checked by the BlueNet system.'”

State Highway Patrol police have been using a $75,000 prototype BlueNet vehicle out of the Moorabbin Police Complex since last December. During that time, the vehicle detected 17,794 road offences.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said the new wheels would make our roads and community safer. “Unauthorised drivers and recidivist offenders pose a high risk to road users,” Mr Hill said. “The BlueNet program will substantially improve our detection rates, creating a safer road system for all road users.”

The four cars released as part of the rollout will be based in Geelong, Brimbank, Shepparton and Frankston. The $180,000 pilot program is part of the Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-22. It will be subject to a full review and evaluation before any further rollout is considered.


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Published on Nov 27, 2012


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