Recycling stands among the best things that people can do to safeguard the future of their generation.
To take part in conservation duties, they can engage in matters of conserving materials, saving energy by maximizing on its use, cleaning up the environment, using solar power and energy saving equipment, and making new products from used and old products. The Ford Plug-In Hybrid takes part in protecting the environment by using clean energy. By using electric power and minimizing the uptake of hydrocarbon fuel, the reduced emissions prevent further degradation of the ozone layer. Consequently, it is a step forward towards reducing the devastating effects of global warming.
The Special Service Plug-In Hybrid sedan is built on the trim of the Fusion-based police sedan. The manufacturer said that unlike the Interceptor SUV, the new Plug-In Hybrid would not be a pursuit vehicle. It is not meant for those that find themselves making a patrol and suddenly, they engage in a high-speed pursuit. Instead, it’s built for high ranking police officers, detectives, fire chiefs and government personnel. According to the released information, the police Plug-In Hybrid will come with a host of options. It comes with a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault necessary when carrying sensitive documents and materials, a trunk ventilation system, and a rear door disabling function. The second edition comes with an additional dark feature that turns the interior lighting off. Additionally, it allows for the dimming of the dash cluster lights. The dimming and light disabling features come in handy while performing surveillance duties.
Interior and Exterior
The interior of the police plug-in hybrid comes with heavy-duty cloth front seats with reduced bolsters. It comes with a reinforced top tray for mounting equipment. The Special Service vehicle has some cop oriented features found only in a model of its kind. They include; an anti-stab plate, a metal console mounting plate, police red and white lights in the overhead console, and vinyl flooring. The engine adopts a police-idle feature and has an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk. Additionally, it comes with unique alloy wheels.
The Plug-In Police sedan houses a battery pack that can propel the car up to 21 miles without burning a drop of fuel. The 7.6 kilowatt-hour battery has a charging duration of 2.5 hours. It comes with a 240V level two charger and a 3.3-kilowatt onboard charger. The vehicle also has a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. However, the power generated by the two combined power source is yet to be revealed. On the battery power alone, the vehicle can reach a top speed of 85 miles per hour. After 21 miles on electric power alone, the gasoline engine kicks in and pushes the range to 500 miles. Ford did not give any details regarding power generation or acceleration.
While the Ford Police Responder Hybrid pursuit car is best suited for speed, the first-ever Plug-In Hybrid for the police department focuses most on the economy side. According to Ford’s brand manager, Stephen Tyler, the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is the first police vehicle to have the possibility of completing an entire shift without consuming gasoline.
Compared with its rivals like Nissan and GM, Ford has a limited electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid selection. Recently, they unveiled a grand plan aimed at launching 13 electrified vehicles by 2020. The project expected cost amounts to $4.5billion. Today, the advancing technology and the desire to switch to green fuels has seen many auto manufacturers commit to heavily electrified vehicles. Orders for the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid begins next month (December). The Ford Company have said that the cars will be ready by summer 2018.
The Detroit Free Press reports shows that the emphasis on the police market has registered sizeable returns for the Ford Company. The report says that the law enforcement market took up 56,000 vehicles in 2016 alone. The growth is attributed to the fact that car auctions rarely receive used police cars. As a result, the brand profile goes up. In 2013, Ford had a 42 percent share in the market. In 2014, it increased to 51 percent. In 2015 it grew by five percent while they registered a growth of seven percent in 2016.