The NYPD’s first electric vehicle is a Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
New York City wants to be a carbon neutral metropolis by 2050, and as part of this goal, the city wants its fleet of vehicles to be fully electric by 2035. The Department of Sanitation, for example, has been experimenting with an electric garbage truck, and the city has also announcement late last year, it was ordering 184 new Ford Mustang Mach-E GT electric crossovers for its police force and other city departments. On April 15, the NYPD revealed one of them at the Javits Center at the New York International Auto Show.
New electric vehicle chargers are being installed in neighborhoods across the city and cars will go into rotation this summer. The city has also approved the acquisition of 250 additional Tesla Model 3 police cars, although that order has yet to be carried out.
Electric vehicles are a boon for a environmental point of viewand can be a good choice for a police department: many hours of the day a patrol car went slow with the engine running, doing nothing more than emitting greenhouse gases out the exhaust. By initiating the transition to an electric fleet of patrol cars, the NYPD can reduce the carbon it releases on the city.
Ford has traditionally been the king of the police car, building hundreds of thousands over the years in the form of Crown Victorias. The Blue Oval submitted its Mach-E electric crossover for approval with the Michigan State Police last September, and it passed its exam, becoming the first battery electric vehicle to do it. During this test, it received an above-average mark. It was praised for its trunk accessibility, but anchored points for dashboard accessibility and demerits for engine bay accessibility. (The latter is probably hard to gauge, since the Mustang Mach-E has no engine or engine bay to access.)
While the Mach-E GT ranked first among potential police cars in acceleration and braking, it had some drawbacks. As part of the test to be certified by the Michigan State Police, the vehicle was subjected to laps on a race track and sustained high-speed tests where it ranked quite poorly compared to existing patrol cars. It also received low marks for features officers will use frequently, such as HVAC controls, rear-seat access and instrument readability. (Meanwhile, an electrification trial of some LAPD police cars with BMW i3s didn’t go well.)
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At the time of the test, Ford was optimistic about the future of its professional-grade electric police car. “The fact that the Mustang Mach-E successfully withstood the Michigan State Police’s grueling evaluation demonstrates that Ford can build electric vehicles that are capable, tough and reliable enough for the toughest jobs,” said said Ted Cannis, CEO of the automaker. commercial division, Ford Pro.
For the police department, the Mach-E GT police interceptor was fitted with a number of components, such as the department shown at the Javits Center this month. The first of these changes is the addition of the NYPD roof flashing light system and bulletin board, which allows an officer to display information to passing drivers from behind the roof light pod. Doors and windows were replaced with ballistic materials, and the Mach-E GT’s standard panoramic glass roof panel was replaced with steel.
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The Mach-E GT is a pretty fast machine compared to typical NYPD vehicles. Ford claims the crossover produces a combined 480 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque from a pair of electric motors, one at each end of the vehicle. That’s good enough to push the 5,001-pound vehicle from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds. It will cover the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds, which is fast, but comparatively slower than other electric crossovers in its class. By comparison, a Tesla Model Y Performance can blitz the drag strip in 11.9 seconds. The Mach-E GT is designed to deliver a range of 270 miles from its 88kWh battery, although range can drop significantly at high speeds or in cold weather, for example.
These all-electric machines don’t come cheap. The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT starts at $66,000 with no options. Some estimates put the cost of development a police car standard vehicle in the $40,000 range. That could drive the cost up to more than $100,000 per vehicle purchased, possibly pushing Ford’s NYPD order to more than $18 million.
On the other hand, electric vehicles don’t wear out like gas-powered vehicles, and don’t need regular maintenance like oil changes, and the brakes last much longer. Granted, these patrol cars will still need the occasional inspection and new tires, but in the long run, electric patrol cars will hopefully save municipalities on fuel and service costs. A few cop shops that have already converted to electric fleets reported saving thousands of dollars a year.