Carbon Motors is hitting the road with its next generation law enforcement vehicle to meet with state and federal government officials and promote its E7 police car. The new high-tech cop car prototype is a welcome addition to the police force.
The E7 prototype a step above the Ford Crown Victorias you typically see patrolling the streets. The high tech vehicle was designed in part based on input and suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals.
The rear passenger compartment alone is enough to make experienced cops get teary-eyed. The rear-hinged “suicide doors” make it easier for handcuffed passengers to get in and out, and the seat is designed so “guests” can ride comfortably with their hands cuffed behind their backs. The E7 also features a rear compartment made entirely of seamless, washable plastic, with drain plugs in the floor to make for easy cleaning of “accidents” or injuries.
The interior of the E7 prototype features an embedded computer and shotgun mounts.
Chase ready, the E7 is equipped with a 300-horsepower clean diesel engine that propels the car from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. At those speeds, safety is a top concern and the vehicle has an aluminum space-frame body structure and can withstand a crash of up to 75 mph. The interior features an embedded in-dash computer. Other cop-centric must-haves include:
* Police lights embedded in the roof
* 360-degree exterior surveillance capability
* Automatic license plate recognition system
* Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
* Integrated shotgun mounts
* Weapons of mass destruction detectors (optional)
Carbon hasn’t released a price for this top-of-the-line police car, but company officials estimates the car could cost about $50,000. The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, doesn’t yet have a factory, but has named five states where it could locate: Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. Production is scheduled to begin in 2012.
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