The Ford Mustang Mach-E has passed the 2022 model-year Michigan State Police evaluation tests, paving the way for the agency to put the battery-electric family crossover into service.
The automaker’s fleet sales arm, Ford Pro, submitted the eco-friendly Mustang Mach-E for police evaluation tests this month. The demanding Michigan State Police evaluation test includes acceleration and braking tests, along with top speed and emergency response handling assessments. The test also includes a re-creation of a high-speed pursuit to simulate the demand of real-world police work.
Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro, said the Mach-E’s performance in the test serves as proof of the vehicle’s engineering and build quality.
“The fact that the Mustang Mach-E successfully stood up to the grueling Michigan State Police evaluation demonstrates that Ford can build electric vehicles that are capable, tough and reliable enough for even the most challenging jobs,” Cannis said. “We understand the needs of our commercial customers and are committed to unlocking new electrification opportunities for them.”
Ford did not say if it plans to begin offering the Mustang Mach-E as a pursuit-rated law enforcement vehicle. The automaker’s current service vehicle lineup consists of pursuit-rated variants of the F-150 pickup and Explorer utility vehicle.
Last year, the Michigan State Police tested a total of ten vehicles as part of its 2021 model-year evaluations. This included rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the Chevy Tahoe PPV, various iterations of the Dodge Charger equipped with either the standard V6 or available V8 engine, the Ford Explorer and Explorer Hybrid as well as the Ford F-150 Ecoboost. The results of the 2022 model-year evaluation will be posted to the agency’s website in the fall.
GM beat Ford to the punch when it comes to offering an eco-friendly electric service vehicle, as the Chevy Bolt EV has been used by certain law enforcement agencies since 2018. The updated 2022 Chevy Bolt and 2022 Bolt EUV are also offered with a police package. Certain future GM EVs could be suitable for law enforcement duty, as well, like the Chevy Silverado EV for example.