2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro enlists for police duty

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Electrical police automobiles aren’t new, however the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Professional SSV revealed on Thursday is the primary time we have seen an electrical pickup truck join responsibility.

Because the identify suggests, the truck is predicated on the F-150 Lightning’s Professional industrial model, and kinds a part of Ford’s personal SSV (Particular Service Automobile) program that equips common Ford automobiles with the essential gear wanted for police providers and different legislation enforcement companies. The common F-150 is already a part of this system, together with the Expedition SUV and Transit van.

Ford additionally gives the extra specialised F-150 Police Responder for police responsibility, and the brand new F-150 Lightning Professional SSV is actually a mix of that truck and the SSV model. Key updates embody seats lined in heavy-duty fabric and that includes decreased bolsters to assist holstered officers simply get out and in of the car shortly and with out fuss. There’s additionally metal intrusion plates within the entrance seatbacks and a bolstered middle console designed to be upfitted with police gear.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Professional SSV

Fairly than deal with pursuit duties, the place vary is important, the F-150 Lightning Professional SSV has been designed to deal with different widespread police actions, in accordance with Ford. Actions talked about by the automaker embody helping at an accident or crime scene or offering departments with towing capabilities.

The car additionally comes with all the options of the F-150 Lightning Professional on which it’s primarily based, together with 12-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment hub, a frunk with energy retailers, and a dual-motor electrical drive system rated at 452 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque with the usual battery and 580 hp and 775 lb-ft with the extended-range battery. The latter means 0-60 mph acceleration in lower than 4 seconds, making this the quickest police car provided by Ford. Vary figures weren’t talked about however the EPA charges the common F-150 Lightning with the usual battery at 230 miles of vary and the prolonged battery at 320 miles.

That is truly the second electrical police car from Ford. The automaker additionally gives a Mustang Mach-E police car, examples of which have been working within the New York Police Division fleet since this summer time.

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