Here at Heartland Ford of Heber Springs, we're very appreciative of the first responders who help keep America safe in times of trouble. For America's police agencies, Ford is giving our nation's bravest a big assist while helping cash-strapped departments keep costs low with the all-new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid. A gas-electric version of the best-selling 2020 Ford Police Interceptor, the vehicle -- a police-spec version of the groundbreaking, redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer -- is helping to reduce operating costs while enhancing officer safety thanks to a revolutionary powertrain and safety options that are second to none.

While fuel economy varies based on police duties, the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon fuel economy thanks to a powerful gasoline engine that charges on-board battery packs. That's a 41 percent improvement in fuel economy when compared to a gasoline-only 2020 Police Interceptor Utility with the conventional 3.7-liter Ecoboost V6, with each Hybrid model in service projected to save taxpayers between $3,500 and $5,700 in operating costs annually.

Departments are clearly taking notice of the potential fuel savings. Of the more than 15,000 orders for 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility models, 17 percent of the vehicles ordered have been Interceptor Hybrids with the standard 3.3-liter hybrid engine. If every Ford Police Interceptor sold in 2018 had been a Utility Hybrid, it is estimated that departments nationwide would have burned 43 million fewer gallons of fuel every year, with a cost savings of between $118 million and $193 million.

One agency that has gone all-in for the new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is the Los Angeles Police Department, which has ordered 29 examples of the Hybrid Interceptor, which is fully pursuit-rated. A Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid prototype tested by the Michigan State Police in 2018 found that the hybrid model had the fastest 0-100 mile per hour acceleration, highest top speed, and the fastest lap of any police vehicle tested. The Police Interceptor Utility is also at the top in officer safety, including surviving a 75-mph rear-impact crash test, even though the federal standard for such testing is only 50 mph.

“Our Police Interceptor Utility’s standard hybrid powertrain provides the potential for significant fuel savings with improved performance and no tradeoffs in safety or cargo space,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “It’s a win-win-win formula for law enforcement.”

It's another reason why we're proud to sell quality Ford products here at Heartland Ford of Heber Springs, where you can buy the 2020 Ford Explorer right now! Stop in today at Heartland Ford for a test drive, or check out our full selection of Ford SUV models online right now. 

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