LAPD to begin using the world's first 'pursuit-rated' hybrid patrol car

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be among the first agencies to use the world’s first “pursuit-rated” hybrid police car unveiled recently by Ford Motor Co.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other officers are expected to introduce the hybrid vehicle at an imminent ceremony in the city.

Ford engineers developed the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan by upgrading the Ford Fusion with a better suspension, enhanced brakes, altering the seats, attaching a skid plate and adding different wheels and tires.

The Responder will come equipped with Ford’s 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an e-motor powered by a 1.4-kw lithium ion battery. It also includes an “anti-stab” plate to protect police officers from pointed instruments coming from the rear.

Ford’s Kevin Koswick said, “Cities have been asking us for solutions to reduce carbon emissions and costs, and agencies have been asking for greener police cars and greener pursuit vehicles. We saw a need and we thought we could fulfill it.”

The Responder is scheduled to go into production in the first quarter of 2018. Agencies like LAPD could get the hybrid by late 2018.