The police car has gone through a few main shapes in recent years. After the mighty Ford Crown Victoria bowed out, the Ford Explorer, Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Tahoe have taken the main role today. But as global warming concerns are pushing fleet sales to go green, police cars are a great place to improve, as none of those vehicles are particularly fuel efficient. The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is leaning into this, as they’ve just ordered two Ford Mustang Mach-E police vehicles, reported by MLive. If they’re going electric, at least they’re doing it in style.
The two Mach-E’s will be purchased for $93,926, with both being all wheel drive, dual motor models to cope with the often terrible Michigan winter roads. The purchase is being funded by the city, police department, and a $30,549 payment will come specifically from the Ann Arbor’s sustainability office. That same sustainability office will eventually install 100 Level 2 rapid chargers throughout Ann Arbor.
While the almost $100,000 cost for the pair of Ford Mustang Mach-E crossovers seems expensive, the vehicles will replace two existing Ann Arbor Police Department vehicles reaching their contractional limit, which is six years or 80,000 miles. They would need to be replaced anyway, so this replacement just so happens to be electric.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E actually makes for a great police vehicle, too. If they stay mainly in the city, they likely won’t even come close to their 250 mile range. They also won’t produce emissions in city centers, although their offset is rather negligible in the grand scheme of things. Their presence in the police force is more symbolic.
Ann Arbor plans to be carbon neutral by 2030, and is committing to converting most of their city fleet vehicles to hybrid or electric power. Once most local government vehicles are electric, then the emissions offset will be more impactful. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is just the start, and what better way to make people excited about a new police vehicle than make it a Mustang?