How Ford Mustang Mach-E's Low Top Speed & Limited Range May Pose Challenges for Police Officers
The Vehicle Test Team recently released the results of their 2023 Model Year Police Vehicle Evaluation study. Thirteen patrol units and three motorcycle units were tested at the Chelsea Proving Grounds, with the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E once again among the contenders. The Mach-E passed the tests, but it struggled in some areas. On the timed laps, the EV fell far behind and had a top speed of only 97mph.
The Mach-E did perform well in acceleration testing, however, showing off the advantages of instant electric torque. It led the pack in reaching 60mph significantly faster than the other cars at 3.93s versus the 6.97s average, 80mph in 6.37s versus 11.26s average and 100mph in 12.23s versus 17.82s average.
When it comes to police performance tests, the low top speed of the Mach-E will likely hamper its performance. This is why it fell behind on lap times compared to other vehicles tested. Additionally, Tesla vehicles would have beaten out the Mach-E in every category due to their higher percentage of parts made in America.
In order for police officers to successfully apprehend suspects, they must consider several factors such as what started the pursuit, whether or not they are willing to ram suspect vehicles, and continuing a high speed chase just increases risk to other drivers. Without blocking roads, medians, off-ramps and shoulders, it can be difficult to get suspects to pullover or stop. Spike strips can help but require some cooperation and advance coordination with other police personnel.
The Mach-E's low top speed may be a hindrance to police officers in pursuit of suspects. The vehicle's acceleration is impressive, but it can't outrun other cars on the highway. This could put officers at risk if they are unable to catch up to a suspect or if they have to drive dangerously to keep up.
In addition to its low top speed, the Mach-E also has limited range. This could be an issue for police officers who need to cover long distances in order to apprehend suspects. With a range of only 300 miles, the Mach-E would need frequent recharging stops which could slow down response times and make it difficult for officers to stay on the trail of a suspect.
Overall, the Ford Mustang Mach-E performed well in the 2023 Model Year Police Vehicle Evaluation study, but its low top speed and limited range may be a hindrance for police officers in pursuit of suspects. While the EV's acceleration is impressive, it can't outrun other cars on the highway and its range is too short for longer pursuits. It will be interesting to see how this affects the future of electric vehicles in law enforcement.
What were the results of the 2023 Model Year Police Vehicle Evaluation study?
The study looked at 13 patrol units and three motorcycle units, with the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E once again among the list of contenders. The vehicles tested included the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe 9C1 4WD, 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe 9C1 2WD, 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 9C1 Z7X 4WD, 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 9C1 Z71 4WD, 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility 3.0 EcoBoost AWD K8A, 99C, 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility 3.3 Hybrid AWD K8A, 99W, 2023 Ford Police Interceptor Utility 3.3 AWD K8A, 99B, 2023 Ford F-150 Police Responder 3.5 EcoBoost 4WD W1P, 2023 AWD K4S, 2023 Dodge Durango Pursuit 5.7 HEMI AWD 22Z, 2023 Dodge Durango 3.6 AWD 2BZ, 2023 Dodge Charger Pursuit 5.7 HEMI RWD 26A and 2023 Dodge Charger Pursuit 3.6 AWD 28A.
How did the Ford Mustang Mach-E perform in the tests?
The Mach-E passed the tests but struggled in some areas such as timed laps where it fell far behind. However, it performed well in acceleration testing due to its instant electric torque and led the pack in reaching 60mph significantly faster than the other cars at 3.93s versus the 6.97s average, 80mph in 6.37s versus 11.26s average and 100mph in 12.23s versus 17.82s average.
Why was the Tesla not included in the tests?
Comparing against vehicles that would have done better would have made comparisons with the "big three" look pretty bad so they chose not to include Teslas in the tests.
What are some tactics police can use to stop a suspect vehicle during a pursuit?
Tactics police can use to stop a suspect vehicle during a pursuit include blocking roads, medians, off-ramps and shoulders to force them to pullover or stop as well as using spike strips which require some cooperation and advance coordination with other police personnel. Other tactics include using a PIT maneuver to spin the suspect vehicle out of control, boxing in the suspect vehicle with police cars, or using a rolling roadblock.