Ford begins testing electric Mustang Mach-E as police car

Ford is sending one of the all-electric utility vehicles to the Michigan State Police’s annual vehicle evaluation this weekend to see how it sizes up against the conventional cars and trucks currently available to law enforcement.

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The regime tests vehicle performance across a variety of disciplines, including braking, acceleration and lapping the Grattan Raceway road course and is used as a benchmark by police forces across the nation.

The Ford F-150 Police Responder is currently the quickest vehicle in a straight line and the Ford Explorer-based Interceptor Utility quickest around the track.

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The Mach-E being sent is a stock high-performance GT equipped with the optional Performance Edition brakes and wheels that hasn’t received any law enforcement-specific upgrades like a beefed-up suspension or heavy duty wheels and tires, but Ford does offer suggestions for departments interesting in customizing Mach-E’s on their own and will use the data to inform the development of a possible factory police package.

Ann Arbor, Mich., is currently using two Mach-Es as community outreach and detective vehicles, but not as patrol or pursuit cars, while several departments in the U.K. have also started to test the Mach-E as a law enforcement vehicle.

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