[PHOTOS] Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle Concept
Ford’s always been a force when it comes to police forces: the Crown Vic is the car arguably most commonly associated with police officers, and it just recently opened up the patents to the innovative Surveillance Mode technology that will serve to keep police officers around the world safe in their vehicles.
In addition to the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan (based on the Taurus) and Police Interceptor Utility (based on the Explorer), Ford is aiming to get in on the transportation business, revealing the 2015 Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle Concept (Transit PTV) and portending a new must-have for any department’s LEO vehicle lineup.
“Transit PTV is the latest example of Ford’s deep commitment to helping provide law enforcement agencies with capable vehicles,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager, in a press release. “This concept proves Transit is upfit-ready and designed to Built Ford Tough standards.”
The 2015 Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle Concept is split into three compartments—the cabin, a rear compartment that can accommodate up to 10 prisoners, and a side compartment that seats an additional pair of prisoners.
Ford designed the Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle Concept with input from its in-house Police Advisory Board, and the feedback has been enthusiastic.
“Many Police Advisory Board members have had the chance to drive this vehicle and they are excited about it,” said Honeycutt. “This new vehicle is tough, smart and efficient – ideal for the needs of law enforcement agencies.”
While it only exists in concept form, don’t be surprised to see a production version of the Transit PTV gearing up for action in the near future.