Police departments in Avon and Somerset in the UK have ordered 15 Ford Focus Flexi Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) (earlier post) to help reduce CO2 emissions. This marks Ford’s fist customer sales of the flex-fuel vehicle in the UK.
A further 25 Ford Focus FFVs are destined for other members of the Somerset Biofuel Project. Ford, potential FFV customers, the ethanol supplier and the fuel retailer worked together in the county to create the UK’s first E85 fuel infrastructure. Plans are in place to produce ethanol from local wheat.
Ford is also in talks with other regional biofuel groups in Cornwall, East Anglia, Wales, the Midlands and Scotland. The Ford Focus FFV can run on ethanol or gasoline in any mix in the same fuel tank. The car is priced at £14,095 (US$24,731), delivers 125 hp and fulfils Euro 4 emission standards.
Avon and Somerset’s Ford Focus FFVs were converted to police emergency response vehicles at Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparations base in Essex. They were equipped with specialist equipment including emergency lights and sirens.
Ford has received other inquiries for Ford Focus FFV patrol cars from forces in West Yorkshire, Humberside and the Metropolitan Police.
|Comparative CO2 Emissions|
|Model||Fuel||CO2||% Reduction from gasoline|
|Ford Focus 1.6 (100 hp)||gasoline||161 g/km||–|
|Ford Focus 1.6 (109 hp)||Diesel||127 g/km||-21%|
|Toyota Prius||Gas-Electric||104 g/km||-35%|
|Ford Focus 1.8 FF (125 hp)||E85||32 g/km1||-75%|
|1 Ford factors out the ethanol-derived CO2 to reflect “closed-loop” cycle.|