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Ford's Mustang Mach-E Becomes First EV to Pass the Michigan State Police Test

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/25/2021 Wesley Wren
a blue car parked in front of a building: Ford submitted the Mustang Mach-E EV to the Michigan State Police for evaluation as a police vehicle. © Ford Ford submitted the Mustang Mach-E EV to the Michigan State Police for evaluation as a police vehicle.
  • The Ford Mustang Mach-E has passed the Michigan State Police test to see if it is eligible to be rolled into the fleet.
  • The Michigan State Police put Ford's Mustang Mach-E through a battery of tests to evaluate everything from its vehicle dynamics to its ergonomics.
  • A police-ready version of the Mach-E has already been rolled out for the United Kingdom.

A Ford Pro electric police pilot vehicle based on the Ford Mustang Mach-E has passed rigorous Michigan State Police testing, the first battery-electric vehicle to do so. There's no word yet if this means the Mustang Mach-E will roll into the police fleet. Ford also has yet to mention the differences between the Mustang Mach-E that Ford sent in for police work and the standard-issue Mach-E. Results of the 2022 round of testing, which took place September 18 and 20, will be published in detail later this fall, Ford said.

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first jump into a mass-market EV, which means it was only a matter of time before it was considered for use in a police force. Ford recently debuted a police-ready variant of the Mustang Mach-E in the U.K., so it probably isn't a surprise that state police in the U.S. are also pursuing the idea. It's perhaps even less surprising that the folks testing Ford's latest are the Michigan State Police.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Car © Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press/Immediate Network 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Car

Looking over last year's Michigan State Police 2021 Model Year Police Evaluation, it looks like this Mustang Mach-E will run through various tests ranging from standard acceleration, top speed, braking, and high-speed pursuit to vehicle dynamics evaluations and ergonomic tests.


Video: Test drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (FOX News)

As companies begin to bow out of internal-combustion-engine development, it is probably only a matter of time before EVs become common on your local streets. That also means police departments can be expected to switch to electric power, although that may happen slowly.

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