Ford Boosts Police Car Efficiency With This New Engine
Even police forces are pushing fuel efficiency these days, and Ford (NYSE:F) is positioned to keep supplying customers with engines that get better miles per gallon ratings than ever for cop cruisers. Ford announced Wednesday that it will park a 2-liter EcoBoost engine inside police cars — those without hot pursuits in mind — that could save law enforcement departments thousands of dollars over the course of a few years.
At a time when high-speed chases are less common for police departments, Ford has received requests from different law enforcement agencies to increase the fuel efficiency in Crown Victoria models used as squad cars. The classic Crown Vic police cruiser has a 4.6-liter V8 that packs enough muscle to chase down perps. However, it is also known to guzzle gas at a clip of 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg highway.
With the 2-liter EcoBoost under the hood, the “special service” police sedans — ideal for campus security and detective work, according to Ford — would still be able to generate 240 horsepower on 270 pound-feet of torque. The fuel economy is the revelation: the 2-liter engine is expected to get an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Over the course of a few years, Ford has some numbers the budgeting staff at police departments will love.