Published on April 25th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Ford plans hybrid speed to chase criminals

Ford has shared its USD4.5 billion drive to field no fewer than 13 new electric and/or hybrid electric vehicles globally in the next 5-years. The eye-catcher is a hybrid-electric police car, said to be the first hybrid ever to be pursuit-rated.

“The plans are part of Ford’s expansion to be an auto and a mobility company, including leading in electric and autonomous vehicles, and new mobility solutions,” states a release. The new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is initially for New York City and Los Angeles.

“Cities could see approximately USD3,877 a year in fuel savings per vehicle, based on USD2.50 per gallon fuel prices,” Ford says, as well as less vehicle downtime for fill-ups. The car has a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine charging a lithium ion battery.

Ford is planning a hybrid-electric version of its F-150 pickup with export power for 2020. An F-150 Special Service Vehicle – to be available with 3.7- or 5.0-liter gasoline engine – for 2018 is shown here. The hybrid F-150 is to have a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine delivering V-8 power.

Ford has also detailed its “ambitious” vehicle electrification strategy for China, including the Mondeo Energi PHEV to be manufactured in China beginning next year through Ford’s Changan Ford joint venture, and an all-new fully electric small SUV with an estimated range of more than 450 kilometers, or 280 miles.

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