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Mustang adds to tally of electric patrol car choices

Another car manufacturer has entered the electric patrol car market. Ford is taking on Tesla with its record-breaking Mustang Mach-e.

The Blue Oval badge has joined the race to supply forces with electric cars.

Ford used the Emergency Services Show to officially launch a police- equipped version of its Mustang Mach-e electric SUV.

The prototype car, which in standard trim costs £40,000 and boasts a scorching 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, has already been road-tested by seven forces.

The global manufacturer has teamed up with a specialist manufacturer based near its top-secret vehicle engineering centre in Dunton, Essex, to develop the police version.

Safeguard SVP have fitted the model with bespoke mounting pods and brackets throughout the car. And the additional lighting uses LEDs to ensure minimal draw from the car’s 12-volt power system.

It’s a major development for both Ford and the Blue Light marketplace with forces starting to look at zero emissions vehicles.

The car is the first all-electric Ford rather than a hybrid. The motoring press has raved about the Mustang Mach-e as a real rival to market-leaders BMW and Jaguar.

But it's a late entrant as Tesla and Hyundai are already targeting fleet managers with mid-range models.

The Mustang has been praised for its handling and practicality. It also won a Guinness World Record for having achieved the lowest energy consumption on an electric car journey. In total, it can achieve up to 379 miles between charges when fitted with the Extended Range battery.

Ford confirmed at the launch that it plans to offer forces an Extended Range model with the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

“The vehicle range is uncompromised as the blue light equipment is being drawn from the vehicle’s 12V battery and not the drive battery,” said Terry Adams, Blue Light Direct Sales Manager, Ford of Britain and Ireland.

“In future developments we will look to increase this battery capacity to allow for additional equipment to be fitted.”

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