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Ford releases F-150 Lightning police edition

Ford says the vehicle is the first electric pickup truck designed for police in America.

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Ford has announced the launch of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle, purpose-built for police.

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Ford says it has been providing police departments with the vehicles for more than 70 years.

“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. “Pro Power Onboard can serve as a mobile power source to light up evening accident scenes on the highway, the electric powertrain helps to potentially reduce costs associated with fuel and scheduled maintenance needs and the Mega Power Frunk provides extra lockable storage on top of purpose-built police additions our customers have come to expect from the leader in police vehicles.”

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Ford says the F-150 Lightning Pro SSV is designed to handle specialized departmental needs outside of pursuit situations, such as assisting at an accident or crime scene or giving departments the ability to tow a boat or trailer. Purpose-built features from F-150 Police Responder include:

  • Police-grade heavy-duty cloth seats with reduced bolsters to help holstered officers enter and exit the vehicle more easily;
  • Built-in steel intrusion plates in the front seatbacks;
  • Available red/blue, amber/white roof-mounted LED warning beacons;
  • An upfit-friendly reinforced instrument panel top tray for easy mounting of police equipment;
  • Easy-to-clean vinyl rear seats and vinyl flooring.
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Standard features include:

  • Interior: 12-in. digital cluster screen and 12-in. landscape-style touchscreen on the center stack;
  • Exterior: Mega Power Frunk gives officers 14.1 cubic feet of lockable cargo area in the front and offers easy access for upfitters to locate a 220-amp DC-DC power source;
  • Targeted performance and capability: 452 hp, 775 lb.-ft. of torque, 5, 7,700-lb. towing capacity and 2,235 maximum payload with a standard-range battery, and sub-four-second 0-60 mph acceleration;
  • 580 hp, 775 lb.-ft. of torque and 10,000-lb. towing capability with the extended-range battery;
  • Intelligent Range, Sync 4, over-the-air Ford Power Up software updates and Ford Co-Pilot360 technology, including Automatic Emergency Braking and Blindspot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert.

As part of Ford Pro’s platform of connected vehicles, software and services, Ford says the targeted zero-emissions police truck comes pre-configured to connect to a department’s existing fleet of Ford and non-Ford internal combustion engine and battery-electric vehicles, chargers and fleet management software.

Ford says more information on 2023 F-150 Lightning, including range, will be released later this summer.

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