The Mustang Mach-E Is Being Tested by Michigan Police
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Electric vehicles (EVs) seem to be the transportation of the future, and they are finding new markets in both civilian and professional drivers. For example, electric garbage trucks are being tested out and may one day replace gas-powered trucks.
Police vehicles could also make the switch to electric vehicles. According to Autoweek, the Michigan State Police are testing electric Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles. This could be the first step in switching the police fleet to EVs.
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Mustang Mach-E taking police test
The goal of the tests is to determine if the Mustang Mach-E could be suitably used by the Michigan State Police as a cruiser. All vehicles that are in consideration must undergo this test, but almost every other vehicle the Michigan State Police are testing is gas-powered.
Testing for Michigan State Police vehicles measures the capabilities of cars in categories that are important to police work. These include speed tests, braking capabilities, and overall handling. As the Mach-E is an EV, the testers will also likely consider the vehicle range.
Before submitting the Mustang Mach-E to the Michigan State Police, Ford already demonstrated intentions to produce electric police vehicles. They previously showed off a variant of the EV designed for police use in the United Kingdom.
How well do drivers like the Mustang Mach-E?
Outside its potential for use among police, the Mustang Mach-E has gained attention from drivers and critics.
Other manufactures, like Mercedes-Benz, have committed to fully convert their lineup to electric vehicles. The Mustang Mach-E is not the first electric Ford, but it is the first to be widely marketed.
The response to the Mach-E has been quite positive too. As an electric crossover SUV, the electric Mustang is seen as one of the most visually appealing EVs on the market. It also features impressive acceleration and noteworthy interior comfort.
However, there have been naysayers to the Mustang Mach-E. While there is nothing wrong with its range, it does not stand out among other EV industry leaders. Additionally, some wonder why Ford chose to make their EV a Mustang if they were going to make it an SUV.
The future of electric vehicles in the police
After a rigorous testing process, the Mustang Mach-E passed and could one day become a standard police vehicle.
The Michigan State Police vehicle test is notoriously difficult for a vehicle to pass, and this is the first electric car to do so. Right now, it is unknown if or when the Mach-E will be issued by the Michigan State Police.
What this does show, though, is that EVs are becoming competitive with gas-powered vehicles. When companies like GM announce that they are switching their focus to electric vehicles, it is often seen as a risk.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is not the first electric vehicle to demonstrate the power that an EV can have, but passing this test does show versatility.
Between changes in police fleets and overall increases in EVs among civilian drivers, it certainly feels like there is a major shift in the automotive market. As cars change, the ways that we buy insurance are changing too, and it has never been easier to find cheap car insurance.
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