But Ford claims this new model can do essentially anything a conventional police auto can.
The pursuit-rated Fusions will join adapted police versions of the Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid Fusions already in service on the streets of New York City and other cities in non-pursuit roles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Ford's police programs department spokesman Arie Groeneveld said the Responder goes from zero to 60 miles per hour at roughly the same rate as the Crown Victoria. Ford also says the new police vehicle is economical even when idling - thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack the engine run time is now lower and an estimated 0.27 gallons of fuel can be saved every hour. The Responder comes with Ford's 2.0 liter four cylinder engine and is powered by a 1.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery.
The vehicle averages 38 miles a gallon when driven in the city and on highways - more than twice that of the current Police Interceptor model.
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Both the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tested the vehicle and awarded it the first "pursuit rated" strips, stated Ford. The test involves evaluating the vehicle's performance for acceleration, handling, braking, top speed, and ergonomics.
The company also expects the hybrid vehicle to perform well.
Beck lamented the discontinuance a few years ago of the iconic Ford Crown Victoria, a model that is still in use by his department and many others. It will restart to recharge the battery.
When it comes to police vehicles, Ford has been a performer, commanding a 63% share of USA police patrol cars.
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Ford just unveiled what it's calling the industry's first hybrid sedan with "full pursuit capabilities".
The new hybrid cop auto will first be deployed in Los Angeles and NY. One already has been outfitted to look like a Los Angeles police cruiser.
Arie Groenveld, Ford's chief programme engineer for police vehicles, said: "Having a pursuit rated green vehicle was what they were looking for". "Anytime you can save money it is good", Michigan-based Police Chief Thomas Korabik told the Associated Press.
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