Ford has a long history of providing vehicles to police authorities in the United States and it’s now looking to become a supplier of EVs. To get there, it has submitted a 2021 Mustang Mach-E for testing purposes to the authorities in Michigan as part of the 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation. The pilot program – which takes place on September 18 and 20 – is seen as a benchmark for the Blue Oval in a bid to develop zero-emissions police vehicles.
It’s all part of a major investment of more than $30 billion in electrification Ford has vowed to make through the middle of the decade. Some of the funding is being put to good use to develop purpose-built law enforcement vehicles, and it makes sense the Mustang Mach-E is the first to get the police car treatment.
Dressed in a police livery, the electric SUV featured here is none other than the range-topping GT trim. Customer deliveries of the flagship version started only recently and we’ll remind you the sporty trim has an EPA-certified range of 270 miles. There’s also a beefier GT Performance Edition, which has to make do with only 260 miles between charges.
The Mustang Mach-E GT comes with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup producing a substantial 480 horsepower (358 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 600 pound-feet (814 Newton-meters). It’s enough electric punch for a 0 to 60 mph run in just 3.7 seconds, while the Performance model does it 0.2s quicker thanks to a slightly higher torque figure of 634 lb-ft (860 Nm).
Getting behind the wheel of a Mach-E GT will set you back $59,900 before options or $64,900 if you opt for the Performance Edition. Beyond the extra torque, the latter also gets 19-inch Brembo brakes with red calipers, 20-inch wheels finished in Ebony Black, and the front grille with a Carbonized Gray appearance.
While this Mustang Mach-E will only take part in a pilot program, it’s only a matter of time before police cars in North America and other parts of the world will lose the internal combustion engine.