Ford built a hybrid police car designed to handle punishing pursuits
Ford sells a lot of police cars, but none of them have been hybrids — until now. The company says its new Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan (which started life as a Ford Fusion Hybrid) could save police departments $3,900 per year in fuel use because cop cars spend so much of their time on, but idle.
The idea is that the big batteries in the car will allow the engine to shut off for brief periods while keeping all the electronics (lights, computers, radios, etc.) running. Ford says the car can save 0.27 gallons per hour of idle running, which adds up over multiple shifts considering the fact that police cars are driven constantly.
This is also expected to be the first “pursuit rated” hybrid, which means…