Thursday, November 4, 2021

Canton adds 8 hybrid vehicles to police fleet

Canton Township Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak, Director of Police
Services Chad Baugh and officers welcome the newest Ford Hybrid Explorer
 Police Interceptors to the township police force.
Canton officials are charged up about the latest additions to the fleet of vehicles in the police department.

Canton has increased the number of hybrid patrol vehicles in the police department to a total of eight this year. This year, seven new Ford Hybrid Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles were added to the department, rather than the tradition Ford version. Ford Motor Co. representatives said the hybrid vehicle provides police agencies with improved power and performance, with no trade-offs when it comes to safety or interior passenger/cargo space when compared to the previous-generation vehicle. 

In addition, Ford representatives claim, the Hybrid Explorer Police Interceptor is the only vehicle worldwide, engineered to meet the 75-mph rear impact crash test. 

The Side Protection and Cabin Enhancement (SPACE) architecture with structural reinforcement works to protect officers on the job, according to the company literature.

 “As part of the Canton Township board goals, we will continue to purchase hybrid vehicles for our police patrol fleet,” said Township Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak. “These vehicles are a smart choice for our budget, providing a significant potential for fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions,” she added.

Ford states the hybrid Police Interceptors have an EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg combined-a 41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility vehicle with a conventional 3.7-liter gas engine.