In a nutshell: Ford has released its first electric pickup truck for the police. The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle (SSV) features many improvements over the standard consumer F-150 Lightning, including durable fabric seats with reduced bolsters to make it easier for officers to get in and out of the vehicle. – steel skid plates in the front seat backs, easy-to-clean vinyl rear seats and flooring, and accessible rooftop LED beacons.
They will be pre-configured to seamlessly connect to an existing fleet of combustion and battery electric vehicles, chargers and fleet management software. This should allow departments to proactively manage vehicle charging and maintenance to reduce operating costs and increase uptime.
Ford is targeting 452 horsepower, 775 lb-ft. of torque and towing capacity of 7,700 pounds with the standard range battery option. When equipped with an affordable extended range battery and a maximum trailer towing package, the Pro SSV will put out 580 horsepower and 775 lb-ft. of torque with a 0-60 mph acceleration rating of less than four seconds and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. This will allow departments to tow heavy items such as trailers or boats with ease.
The front trunk (where the engine would normally be) is now a 14.1 cubic foot lockable cargo area for carrying additional items such as first aid kits, ratchet straps and presumably powerful weapons.
The truck will also be equipped with a 220A DC/DC converter to support computers, radios, lighting and so on. Pro Power Onboard outlets provide additional power to accessories as needed, as do built-in USB ports.
Other standard equipment includes a 12-inch digital cluster screen, a 12-inch landscape-style touchscreen, and a reinforced top dash tray for mounting police equipment.
More than 12,000 police departments across the country are Ford Pro customers. Indeed, Ford has a long history of supplying vehicles for police use, with the fabled Crown Victoria perhaps the most common.
Ford said it will release more information about the 2023 F-150 Lightning, including range estimates, this summer. No word yet on possible availability or pricing.
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