Ford Motor Company announced today its new 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor will be offered as a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) allowing it to operate on E85 ethanol or gasoline.
Ford is the largest producer and seller of police vehicles with more than 80% of the market. Government agencies that include FFV Police Interceptors on their annual Department of Energy plan can receive credits toward EPACT mandates, increasing their flexibility in vehicle fleet selection and purchases. Fleets can place orders immediately for the E85-powered CVPI, with vehicle production slated to begin in May.
Ford also announced that it has achieved 50-state certification for all of the Ford and Mercury 2008 flexible fuel passenger car models. Ford’s current lineup of FFVs includes the Ford F-150, Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. Achieving 50-state certification means Ford's flexible fuel vehicles meet both emissions rules set by the Federal government, as well as California. The evaporative standards in California create some unique challenges for FFVs. By certifying to both standards, automakers can sell their vehicles nationwide and reduce complexity.