Ford’s new Police Interceptor is going to bring fantastic fuel savings to police forces across the country.
Last we heard from Ford on their new 2020 Police Interceptor, the oldest carmaker in the world revealed the crime-fighting SUV would be the fastest law-enforcement vehicle of all time, beating out many competing sedans powered by big V8 engines. Now Ford is selling the new Interceptor based on another metric that’s near and dear to police departments in America: fuel costs.
The hybrid version of the Interceptor is expected to get 24 mpg combined mileage, according to Ford, which is a huge fuel saving over the previous-gen Interceptor equipped with a 3.7-L. Being able to turn off the engine and run the myriad electrical systems of the car by its rechargeable battery allows the hybrid Interceptor to achieve fuel savings of over 40%.
In dollar terms, this represents a fuel savings per vehicle of anywhere between $3,500 to $5,100 per year. If all the conventionally-powered Interceptors were replaced with hybrids in 2017, it would save police departments between $118 million and $193 million, and save over 43 million gallons of fuel.
It’s not only economical, the hybrid Interceptor is also fast. Ford didn’t provide specific numbers, but they did say the Interceptor is 1.1 seconds faster getting from zero to sixty, and 4.7 seconds getting from zero to 100 mph. Top speed is 137 mph.
Fast, economical, and technologically advanced, the Interceptor will come equipped with Ford-exclusive technologies such as Police Perimeter Alert and Ford Telematics. Perimeter Alert uses motion sensors around the vehicle to detect when someone is approaching and automatically takes action, locking the Interceptors doors, rolling up its windows, and activating the rearview camera to take pictures of the perp.
Other optional technologies include forward collision warning with emergency braking that can be deactivated if the driver needs to perform a dangerous maneuver to end a high-speed chase.
Ford expects sales to police forces to begin later in 2019.