Safer streets and cleaner air with Ford’s ethanol-powered police car

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Anaheim (CA) - An ethanol-powered police car could be the next one that pulls you over for speeding.  For 2008, Ford has introduced a flex-fuel Crown Victoria Police Interceptor car that takes ethanol and gasoline.  The car can use E85 which is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline or regular gasoline in the same tank.  Police departments can also blend the E85 and gasoline in the tank.

The new CVPI was shown off at the Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Expo in Anaheim California and impressed many visiting police chiefs and officers.  Ford says this is the first pursuit-rated ethanol car and the specifications are impressive.  The 250HP 4.6L V8 gives a lot of power while Ford claims the ethanol can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 30%.

Optional bullet-resistant door panels can be installed along with an optional Kevlar-lined trunk for extra rear protection.  A 200-amp alternator gives enough power to run all the emergency lights and sirens that are usually strewn about a police car.

In additional to cleaner air, E85 fuel costs significantly less than regular gasoline because of government subsidies and the lack of traditional gasoline taxes that often add 60 to 80 cents to the cost of each gallon of gas.  Nationwide E85 prices range from around $2.00/gal to $2.50/gal.