At the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ Office of Cheltenham Operations, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made history as the first federal agency to use a battery electric vehicle suited for carrying out law enforcement duties.
The Mach-E is the DHS’s preferred electric car, which is not surprising given Ford’s long-standing ties with the US government, according to InsideEVs.
The Mach-E is now undergoing various tests to guarantee it fulfills the DHS’s durability and technological requirements. Notably, it will follow the lead of Explorer, Fusion, and Crown Victoria. The accompanying statement was made public by the DHS last week:
|“DHS is leading the charge among federal agencies to transition its fleet vehicles from internal combustion engines to zero-emission electric vehicles. As the Nation’s third largest federal agency and largest law enforcement agency, DHS has an inventory of more than 50,000 vehicles, with law enforcement vehicles making up 60 percent of its fleet. As we ramp up EV adoption, we are excited to see how this and other EVs perform for our mission.” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien.|
The Mach-E seems to be a great option for US law enforcement. Notably, the Mach-E has also been added to the FBI’s fleet. Additionally, NYPD and several other police agencies use Mustang Mach-E squad vehicles.
Most agencies employ the Extended-Range AWD Mach-E variant, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.8 seconds. This speed is outpacing most of the police cars now on the road. Mach-E’s operating expenses are also significantly lower than those of ICE cars. Tien added,
|“DHS is proud to be the first Federal agency to upfit a battery electric vehicle for law enforcement use. As we ramp up EV adoption, we are excited to see how this and other EVs perform for our mission.”|