The days of the Ford Crown Victoria dominating police fleets have come and gone, and the age of the Explorer-based Interceptor Utility and F-150 Police Responder truck is here now, but what about tomorrow? Ford has evidently been wondering about this, too, because it’s planning on submitting its all-electric Mustang Mach-E to the Michigan State Police’s annual Model Year Police Evaluation.
Slated to be held September 18 and 20, the Michigan State Police 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation features a series of rigorous tests to determine whether this zero-emissions vehicle can stand up to the demands of law-enforcement duty. These tests aren’t just important within Ford’s home state, they set the tone for municipalities looking to purchase new law-enforcement vehicles nationwide. And this battery of tests will likely be especially difficult for an EV to complete successfully, especially given the brutal duty cycles that police vehicles are expected to shrug off in service.