Carbon Motors Sends Open Letter to Obama's Cabinet, Seeks $300M Loan
December 19, 2011 1:33 PM
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Carbon Motors E7
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Please sir, may we have $300 million?
The push to move the U.S. to newer technology cars and trucks that are more efficient in fuel consumption and produce fewer emissions is focused heavily on the consumer segment of the industry. In many areas, some of the most fuel consuming and polluting fleets are those for public service workers like law enforcement.
A company called Carbon Motors is soliciting the government for a loan to help it produce the first vehicle in the country specifically designed for police officers. In a letter to the members of President Obama's cabinet, the company outlines its need for a $300 million loan.
The letter reads in part:
Over two years ago, Carbon Motors filed an application for a loan of over $300 million with the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program. The ATVM direct loan program was established in a bi-partisan manner by the Bush Administration and has been carried on by the Obama Administration.
We have secured a mothballed automotive facility located in a town with unemployment at rates significantly higher than the national average – Connersville, Indiana – a victim of the fallout of automotive industry at the end of the last decade. With the ongoing criticisms aired concerning the U.S. Department of Energy's loan guarantee programs and the ATVM direct loan program, our country faces a critical decision now that will have significant impact on our first responders, taxpayers, environment, highways, our manufacturing employment base and the security of our homeland.
Carbon Motors is seeking the funds in order to produce its E7 police vehicle. The car is designed to be functional, safe, and fuel-efficient. The car has a turbodiesel engine with 300hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and is specified for a durability span of 250,000 miles. The cockpit of the car is ergonomically designed for comfort and to fit all the duty gear an officer needs for the day. The car has a radiation-, chemical-, and biological-threat detection capabilities.
The E7 also steps up monitoring capabilities by including a 360-degree exterior surveillance for audio and video. The car is also designed with 180-degree interior rear compartment audio and video recording for the rear compartment of the vehicle. The car can be had with an optional license plate detection system and optional integrated ballistic protection.
The company claims the car will be safer for police officers, produce less pollution, and save money on fuel as well. Carbon Motors is likely seeing delays in a verdict on its loan application due to the
process that green government auto firms are going through.
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RE: Are people waiting for this?
12/19/2011 9:30:30 PM
Actually the Dodge cop car is the Charger, and it does have a number of police features, just like the Ford CVPI and now Taurus and Chevy Impala. These include higher ride height (run over curbs like a monster truck), stiffer suspension, engine oil and transmission coolers (Dodge also throws in a power steering fluid cooler), calibrated speedometer (no radar needed), hour meters (for maintenance), inoperable rear windows and doors (now on many normal cars to keep kids from escaping), those famous steel cop rims (they will bend rather than break), the ever-cool spotlight, and pre-drilled holes for antennae. Things like plastic rear seats, push bars, lights and specialized electronics are installed by at third party (either contracted or employed) and removed for reuse before the vehicle is auctioned off.
NYPD only cares about gas mileage and therefore rolls with Impalas since they have V6s with cylinder deactivation. Most places that are using CVPIs are buying extras and/or keeping them longer until they can qualify a different vehicle.
RE: Are people waiting for this?
12/19/2011 10:31:07 PM
Remember the now-defunct Pontiac G8 platform (Zeta platform)? The GT model was an especially good bargain. It seemed like such a waste... but at least it found new life in a Police application, especially with the upgraded suspension, as a Caprice PPV.
It has two engine options. For the V6 it has the newer DI 3.6L, 87-octane tune. Decent power, decent mileage, especially for a large RWD police vehicle. It's a bigger vehicle than the Impala (although the 2012 Impala V6 has similar output now), and more power than the V6 Charger.
They can also order it with the AFM 6.0L V8 as a no-cost option. They didn't tune it for maximum horsepower, so it still turns out halfway decent mileage and runs on 87 octane. Either engine will run on any mix of gas and ethanol up to E85. Both are coupled to a police-tuned 6 speed auto (6L80 IIRC, fairly stout RWD tranny).
It also has lots of 9C1/9C3 upgrades, like upgraded suspension and brakes, better axle ratios, EPDM rubber hoses, limited slip, engine/trans/steering coolers, optional auxilary battery, etc.
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