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SEP 2018

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42 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 e reason for that question is eas- ily understood. Ford's Police Interceptor Utility is by far America's most popular law enforcement patrol vehicle. e com- pany says the PI Utility, which is based on the Explorer, holds 65% of the market. So fleet managers wanted to know when they could get a PI Utility hybrid and the Ford reps had to bite their tongues because the answer would reveal corporate strategy and secrets about the next generation of consumer Ford SUVs. Now Ford's police fleet reps can stop biting their tongues and start talking to customers about the PI Utility hybrid. e company announced in June that it would be making a PI Utility with a hybrid pow- ertrain and all-wheel drive for the 2020 model year. "We're so happy to be able to announce this," says Stephen Tyler, Ford citing thing about this vehicle is there are no tradeoffs. You don't lose any interior passenger or cargo room. You get greater horsepower, torque, and top speed. In ad- dition, you get significant fuel economy. e days of 'or' are behind us. ese are the days of 'and.'" Fuel savings from the hybrid PI Utility are significant. Ford says the combined highway and city MPG is 24 compared with 17 for the 2018, a 40% increase in mileage. But increased MPG is not the only way the hybrid PI Utility can save agencies on fuel costs. e real fuel ex- penditure in law enforcement patrol op- erations is leaving the vehicle running while it's parked at a scene so that it can keep the battery charged to run lights, radios, air conditioning, computers, and other stuff that draws current. e PI Util- ity hybrid can do that without the engine running. It uses the hybrid batteries and if the charge starts to get low on the batter- ies it will run the engine just long enough to give them a boost. Ford calculates that the savings over idling a gas engine com- bined with the MPG increase will save agencies that adopt the PI Utility hybrid $3,500 per vehicle per year. You can go to (https://w w w.ford.com/police-vehicles/ police-interceptor/hybrid-utility/calcula- tor/) for more information. ere are other ways beyond fuel econ- omy that the PI Utility hybrid will save agencies money, according to Tyler. e savings are derived from less mainte- nance on the vehicle for things like brake pads and oil changes. Hybrids use a dual system to slow down and stop the vehicle. e electric motor of a vehicle like the 2020 PI Utility hybrid re- verses its spin when the driver applies the brakes. is braking action turns the mo- tor into a generator that helps keep the ve- hicle's batteries charged. Automakers call this regenerative braking, and it's enough to stop the vehicle under some circum- stances. But the braking system also in- cludes friction brakes with calipers, pads, and rotors for more sudden stops. Tyler says fleet managers for agencies that field hybrid vehicles will have less cost and less downtime for brake pad replacement. Another way that hybrids save on maintenance is oil changes. e electric motor does not use the crank case oil for lubrication. And since the gasoline engine Police brand marketing manager. But even with the announcement, the company is not providing a lot of detail on the new vehicle. Ford has not unveiled the 2020 Explorer yet, so photos of the 2020 PI Utility hybrid are set in fog and lights to obscure body detail and Ford has yet to reveal specs on the vehicle or the engine. What the company will say about the 2020 PI Utility hybrid is that it's going to be a beast in terms of performance. Tyler says the hybrid pursuit SUV is going to have more horsepower and more torque than the current 3.7-liter V6 of the 2018 PI Utility. e increased horsepower and torque will also give the hybrid a boost in top speed and greater acceleration. "With hybrids people are used to mak- ing some kind of tradeoff; I can be green or I can do this," Tyler says. "e most ex- FORD'S NEW POLICE TELEMATICS In June, Ford Commercial Solutions introduced two new telematics products to help law enforcement fleet managers gain insight into the performance of their vehicles. The new Data Services product gives fleet managers direct ac- cess to OEM-grade vehicle data, allowing them to better manage their fleets. The service takes advantage of Ford vehicles' built-in modems to transfer vehicle data directly from the vehicle to the cloud. Utilizing Data Services, fleets can gain access to Ford vehicle information such as GPS location, mileage, fuel use data, vehicle health alerts, driver behavior, and more. Because Ford designed the vehicle—including its electrical architecture, data systems and vehicle technology—the company is able to provide the newest updates and vehicle signals as soon as they become available, and deliver insights as quickly as agencies need them. A second telematics product designed specifically for police fleets takes data collected through the Data Services product and distills it into information that can help improve fleet efficiency and driver behavior. The application translates information from Ford vehicles to provide insights on fuel usage, carbon dioxide emissions, vehicle health, and driver seat belt usage. That data is shared through an intuitive Website that provides law enforcement operators with an easy way to check how their fleet, or a particular vehicle, is operating. Ford says it can retrofit modems onto Ford police vehicles back to model year 2012. All 2019 model year Ford police vehicles come with factory-installed modems and a two-year subscription to the telematics products. "The focus of these telematics products is to keep police vehicles up and running on the road and in top shape," says Stephen Tyler, Ford's Police brand marketing manager. V E H IC L E SP O T L IGH T

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