Good luck trying to outrun this all-electric police vehicle, unless you have more range…
We’re all familiar with Ford Interceptor police vehicles on America’s roads and the Blue Oval has no intention of letting the competition invade its turf. Following last spring’s reveal of the New York City-bound Ford Mustang Mach-E police vehicle, the automaker unveiled the 2023 F-150 Lightning Pro Special Services Vehicle (SSV) this past week. There’s a lot to like here – except for speeders.
The F-150 Lightning Pro SSV, according to Ford, “combines benefits of an electric powertrain with law enforcement-specific interior features of F-150 Police Responder, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates, and available roof-mounted LED warning beacons.” Oh, and it also has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than four seconds and a “targeted performance and capability” of 452 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque, 7,700-pound towing capacity, and 2,235 of maximum payload for the standard-range battery pack. Police departments can also opt for the extended-range battery pack, also with a sub-four-second 0-60 sprint, but power increases to 580 hp while torque output remains unchanged. Towing capacity, however, increases to 10,000 pounds.
Other tech goodies America’s finest will benefit from the included Intelligent Range, Ford’s Sync4 infotainment system, over-the-air software updates, and the Co-Pilot360 technology which includes automatic emergency braking and a blind-spot information system. Pro SSV customers will further receive access to over 650 EV-certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers across America and 2,300 EV-certified dealers. The optional Ford E-Telematics provides potential solutions regarding fuel management, vehicle health, and more.
As usual with police-grade vehicles, the Lightning Pro SSV receives police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates in the front seatbacks, available red/blue, amber/white roof-mounted LED warning beacons, a reinforced instrument panel top tray designed for police equipment, and easy-to-clean vinyl rear seats and flooring. Drivers and front seat passengers will benefit from a 12-inch digital cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen.
“We’re proud to offer America’s first electric police pickup truck to local government customers who can use the truck’s game-changing technology to help improve their productivity,” said Nate Oscarson, Ford Pro national government sales manager.
The Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV will soon face competition from the likes of a police-modified Chevy Blazer EV and, perhaps, the Silverado EV. Stellantis will no doubt join the police vehicle party with its future EVs, though nothing has been revealed just yet.
Here is our F-150 Lightning overland camping truck.