As of November 2007, the New York City Police Department employed over 36,000 police officers, and that’s the largest police force in the country. Can you even imagine how many police officers there are in the rest of the U.S., and how many police vehicles are driven by them every day?
Automobile emissions are one of the largest contributors to global warming, so it’s quite obvious that the police vehicles that patrol your city every day are adding to these statistics. Luckily for the environment, Ford’s new Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicle is going green.
It’s a Crime Not to Go Green
Ford Motor Company is currently the main supplier of police vehicles on the market today, so it’s great that they’ve decided to do an eco-upgrade to their cars.
The 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor will be created as a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV), which means that it can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or a blend of the two. Flexible fuel vehicles are known to get 20%-30% more miles to the gallon just by using E85 ethanol. This will greatly reduce the carbon footprint of the thousands of policemen who drive these cars daily.
Also, the 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has achieved 50-state certification, which means it has passed all emissions standards as set by the federal government. It has also passed the vehicle pollution standards for California, which are the toughest of any state in America.
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This is a positive step for our country’s police force. Hopefully it will pave the way towards making all federal standards safer and greener. We’ll just have to wait and see how these green vehicles do on a routine police job.