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Carbon Motors E7  (Source: Carbon Motors)
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 third-party review process that green government auto firms are going through.

Source: Carbon Motors



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RE: Police car
By rich876 on 12/20/2011 2:00:00 PM , Rating: 2
Here's info on this new Chevy Caprice police car.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2012-chevrolet...


RE: Police car
By lightfoot on 12/20/2011 4:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
Good article - thanks for the link.

One comment I found particularly funny:
quote:
Should probably go with the sixes, fellas, fuel costs and whatnot. And the higher the speed in a pursuit, the greater the danger to the public.

By that logic we should make all police cars slower so that pursuits are safer? I think not.

It also mentions that the Caprice made several concessions when becoming a police crusier, specifically that leg room behind the divider is compromised as well as the rear seats having their side impact air bags removed.

Also from the photos on the site it shows that the rear seatbelts still attach in the center which still forces officers to reach over the suspect to both put them on as well as take them off.

Also at $31,495 it is still more than 50% more than the Crown Vic that it is replacing. Still a good option none the less.


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