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Police Crown Vic Goes FlexFuel

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.


Harvey D.

Those 8 to 10 mpg gas/ethanol guzzlers dinosaurs should be baned from city streets.

Good old London 30+ mpg clean diesel cabs would be a worthwhile temporary alternative.

Vancouver has many 50 mpg Prius hybrids cabs in use.

Quick charge PHEVs with metered charging stations at various taxi stands (or adjacent gas stations) would be a much better solution for large polluted cities.


I didn't see cab mentioned anywhere.


don't really see a prius catching someone doing 130 anyways. good car but not for catching speeders.


and harvey, the cv that i drive gets about 15 mpg, depending on how hard I have to drive to catch someone.

tom deplume

Nobody can outrun a Motorola is an old police saying. The police don't need fast cars to catch the worst speeders. I recall watching an officer on foot who set up a radar on a tripod and simply waved fast drivers to stop. It worked suprisingly well. Radar controlled cameras are another tool.
I've always found the argument that a police car which must go faster than a speeder to catch them is more of a public hazard than the speeder.



Vehicles good for police are also good for taxi. Same duty cycle. For police cruisers, spending most of the time idling and low speed patroling, something like Accord hybrid (253 peak hp, enough to catch Ferrari for experienced cop) would be ideal.


waving them over will work fine until one decides not to stop.

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