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Ford Provides All-Electric Police Vehicle to Michigan State Police for Testing & Evaluation

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Update September 24, 2021: It passed!  Ford’s police pilot EV just became the first all-electric vehicle to pass the rigorous Michigan State Police 2022 model year evaluation. Read the details here.

Ford’s got a ton of experience building law enforcement vehicles, thanks in large part to its long-running legacy of Panther-platform Crown Vic Police Interceptors. So it’s no surprise to see the company is continuing to develop purpose-built vehicles for police departments and other government agencies.

And considering the proliferation of electric vehicles nowadays, it’s probably even less surprising that Ford is exploring the role of EVs in law enforcement applications.

A major focus of the test is to determine how well an all-electric vehicle can withstand the rigorous duty cycle of a purpose-built police car. (Image/Ford)

Which brings us to the news that Ford has submitted an all-electric police pilot vehicle for testing as part of the Michigan State Police 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation.

The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s clearly based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E—which makes sense, because Ford already unveiled a Mach-E Police Car for the UK a while back. Ford says demand for all-electric police vehicles continues to grow and that its aforementioned Bobby-spec cop car was very well-received by European law enforcement officials.

While the press release doesn’t mention many details on the particular Mach-E Ford submitted for this Michigan testing program, the earlier UK version was based on a standard-range AWD version. And Ford revealed that it plans to make extended-range AWD and RWD police versions of the Mach-E as well.

You can get specs on the public version of the Ford Mustang Mach-E here.

Picture this thing with black 16-inch steelies and a push bar. (Image/Ford)

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