Ford is using a pilot programme with Michigan State Police to demonstrate that a vehicle with an electric powertrain can stand up to the demands of police work.

The company is providing the US state enforcement agency with an all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV to evaluate through 2022. The trial will also give Ford a real-world performance benchmark while it continues to explore the requirements for purpose-built electric police vehicles.

Ford recently introduced a Mustang Mach-E police concept car to the UK.

Like many EVs the Mach-E is quick off the mark and capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 111mph. Ford says the car will be “a useful weapon against crime… while offering police forces one of the most economical and environmentally-friendly cars on their fleets”.

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

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