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Chicago PD Orders 200 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrids

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All-New 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility | Chicago PD orders 200 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrids
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The Chicago Police Department is keeping it in the Windy City when it comes to its latest batch of vehicles. This month, Chicago PD ordered 200 service-ready 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid vehicles. These vehicles will go on duty soon, rolling right out of Chicago Assembly where Ford committed $1 billion and created 1,000 jobs earlier this year.

“The 2020 Ford Police Interceptor is made in Chicago, by Chicagoans, and for Chicago police officers,” said Jonathan Lewin, chief of technical services, Chicago Police Department. “This is just another example of Chicago living up to its reputation as the ‘city that works.’”

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The Chicago Police Department, 13,400 officers strong, is in the midst of converting its fleet of patrol cars to hybrids. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is a perfect choice for the job, offering CPD the opportunity to save upwards of $5,700 per vehicle in fuel costs per year while still providing pursuit-rated performance. Sales of the new Interceptor Utility Hybrid have proven strong since launch, and this balance of power and efficiency is no doubt the root cause — not to mention Ford’s history as an LEO vehicle provider.

Powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid engine, the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid boasts EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 24 mpg, which is 41 percent better than the outgoing Police Interceptor Utility with the 3.7-liter gas engine.

Even with this efficiency, the hybrid version of the Police Interceptor Utility demonstrated in Michigan State Police testing that it’s better than comparable V8-powered utility vehicles in 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration and top speed. Only the 3.0-liter EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor Utility performed better.

Applying the fuel efficiency of the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid to every Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2018, Ford estimates that police departments across the United States could save 43 million gallons of fuel and $118-$193 million in fuel costs.

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