Ford has announced an order of 200 of the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid models from the Chicago Police Department.
This represents a healthy hometown endorsement for Ford’s Chicago manufacturing facility, which has received substantial recent investment from the Blue Oval.
“Made in Chicago, by Chicagoans, and for Chicago police officers”
Ford has spent $1 billion on the Chicago Assembly plant, located in the far south of the city. The investment has brought 1,000 new jobs to the factory, which is noted to be the oldest Ford manufacturing facility in continuous operation.
Chicago’s Police Department is also one of the oldest forces in the United States, tracing its roots back to 1835. With 13,400 sworn officers, it ranks as the second-largest police force in the country.
The new request from the Chicago force means 19,000 orders have been placed for the new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Hybrid versions of the Interceptor account for 3,700 of the total amount.
The city that works – and saves money
During 2018, Ford supplied 63 percent of all new police vehicle orders in the United States, with the Interceptor Utility accounting for half of the entire market.
The introduction of the hybrid version, which combines a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Ford claims that each Interceptor Utility Hybrid could bring financial benefits of $3,500 to $5,700 each year in fuel costs, when compared to the non-hybrid version.
Such cost savings are undoubtedly attractive to those managing large fleets. According to Jonathan Lewin, chief of technical services, Chicago Police Department, the homegrown Ford Police Interceptor is “another example of Chicago living up to its reputation as the ‘city that works.’”