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Ford unveils Mustang Mach-E police car concept

Fod Mustang Mach-E police car concept

Seven police forces have already either tested or requested an evaluation of the Ford Mustang Mach-E police car concept, which was displayed at the Emergency Services show this week.

The fully-electric car was built following a number of enquiries from UK police forces looking for more environmentally-friendly alternatives to vehicles already available.

The initial concept is a demonstrator Mustang Mach-E standard range all-wheel drive and, subject to testing of this model, Ford is planning to offer extended range version of its rear-wheel drive and AWD versions.

The Mach-E is capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds (GT version) and 111mph , and is capable of 379 miles range between charges.

The conversion of a standard Mach-E was carried out by long-term Ford partner Safeguard SVP.

Among the equipment fitted is bespoke mounting pods and brackets to ensure suitable locations are found for operational use, with minimum damage to the vehicle.

All lighting is LED with low power consumption to reduce current draw and Terry Adams, blue light direct sales manager at Ford of Britain and Ireland, said the vehicle’s range is uncompromised by the blue light equipment, as its electricity is drawn from the vehicle’s 12v battery and not the drive battery.

He added: “In future developments we will look to increase this battery capacity to allow for additional equipment to be fitted.”

The Metropolitan Police Force has already appraised the standard Mustang Mach-E and has now requested a full evaluation of the marked concept.

Also waiting for an opportunity to try the new vehicle are the Sussex, Surrey, South Wales, Dyfed Powys, Devon & Cornwall and Police Scotland forces.

Ford and Safeguard SVP are also displaying an additional concept project at the Emergency Services show: a five-tonne protected personnel carrier conversion, which Ford said offers police forced greater flexibility with adjustable rear cell and storage areas.

As well as these vehicles through the Ford/Safeguard SVP partnership, Ford also displayed the lightweight ambulance it is producing through a strategic alliance with Venari Group.

Based on the Ford Transit chassis cab and developed under Project Siren, the vehicle was designed with input from industry experts and front-line medical teams.

It is intended to be produced at a new facility in Ford Dagenham from next year.

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