Carbon Motors Builds First Purpose-Built Police Cruiser

Posted by: Kenny Chan onMay 25th, 2009

Do you find it odd that our mail couriers, fire fighters, EMTs, and hell, even ice cream vendors all have purpose built vehicles but the brave men and women on the front line of law enforcement drive around (and pursue suspects) in vehicles that you and I could purchase? Look at any of the latest police cruisers in your city and chances are they are a Ford or GM built vehicle with police decals and a lightbar. Some have some upgrades designed strictly for law enforcement use but they are usually nothing more than run flat tires, steel rims, and better brakes.

Carbon Motors thought it was not right either and set out to build a police patrol vehicle from the ground up. No more attaching light bars to passenger vehicles and slapping on police decals. The E7 is built by law enforcement for law enforcement. Powered by a 3.0L turbo diesel that cranks out over 420 ft-lb of torque and 350 hp, the 4000lb E7 is still capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just 6.5s. It can do the 1/4 mile in [email protected] The beast rocks 14″ rotors up front and 13″ rotors in the rear. The most amazing spec however, is the fuel economy. At 28-30mpg, the E7 has about the same fuel economy as a Honda Civic.

Officers at a recent Police Trade Show commented on many of its design features that don’t show up on spec sheets. The integrated emergency lights all over the vehicle ensure that the vehicle is easily seen even in bright daylight. The rear passenger compartment is completely isolated from the rest of the vehicle to further enhance officer safety. The seats are custom designed to accomodate a fully equipped officer (gun and all). By providing the extra seat room, not only is an officer more comfortable but he or she can easily access their weapon if necessary. The electronics in the vehicle are also state of the art with license plate tracking cameras, infrared camera, voice operated controls, dual search lights with joystick controls, lo-jack, and even a button with a radiation icon. I wonder what that does.

Police officers have always been lacking a key tool to do their jobs, and finally a company has created a patrol vehicle designed from the ground up for law enforcement use.

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  1. Very cool stuff indeed! I wonder if its price will keep it from being use in anything other than a niche-market capacity.

  2. Hot, they are coming up with really out there police cars, the way of the future I guess.

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