If you have been on the lookout for a brand new massive SUV with a hybrid possibility, Ford simply pulled a few them from the market. The 2024 Ford Explorer Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Hybrid simply bought the ax, as a result of it needs to focus its hybrid manufacturing capabilities on the Explorer Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid mannequin. It appears that police forces throughout the nation simply can’t get sufficient of the 318-horsepower 322 pound-feet of torque hybrid monster.
Ford doesn’t publish data on what number of Police Interceptor items it sells yearly, however with Explorer and Aviator gross sales down throughout the board, Five Oh have to be propping the mannequin up fairly a bit. Fleet gross sales have at all times been huge for Ford and the Explorer, but it surely appears each new cop automotive offered nowadays is a Police Interceptor. The Explorer doesn’t fairly have the stranglehold on the cop market because the Crown Victoria as soon as did, but it surely’s bought to be a robust marketplace for Ford.
“To meet continued strong demand for the Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid and other Ford hybrid vehicles, the 2024 model year Explorer will only be offered with the fuel efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, which offers up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined fuel economy, and the 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6,” Ford spokesperson Mike Levine commented to Green Car Reports. “Those two engines account for the majority of Explorer sales.”
The Explorer Hybrid is a fairly outmoded hybrid in in the present day’s market anyway. It makes use of a 3.3-liter naturally-aspirated V6 and a tiny 44-horsepower electrical motor on the transmission enter shaft. It’s equipped by an excellent tinier 1.5 kWh lithium battery packaged below the rear seat. The seven-seater behemoth was EPA rated at simply 25 miles per gallon in mixed use, only a 2 MPG enchancment over the bottom 2.3-liter Ecoboost mannequin.
Police departments apparently fairly just like the hybrid mannequin as a result of the vehicles usually sit idle for lengthy intervals. Presumably the lithium battery permits officers to energy the equipment with out having the engine run as a lot, which reduces gas consumption additional and improves put on and upkeep prices.
The subsequent time a police chase ends with a bystander crushed to demise, be grateful that the police are extra environmentally aware.