The Michigan State Police are wrapping up its 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation Test this week, an examination that includes an all-electric vehicle from Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn.
As part of its more than $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025, Ford is exploring all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles. The one being tested by Michigan State troopers is based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV.
The automaker says it expects the test to demonstrate that a vehicle with an electric powertrain can deliver strong performance and stand up to demanding police duty cycles.
Ford says it will use the pilot program testing as a benchmark while it continues to work on future purpose-built electric police vehicles.
Law enforcement demand for all-electric vehicles is growing worldwide, according to the automaker. Last week, Ford introduced a new Mustang Mach-E police concept car in the United Kingdom.