As Ford introduces the Special Service Police Sedan — the most fuel-efficient police vehicle in the United States thanks to the efficient 2.0 liter I4 EcoBoost engine, vehicle fleets around the country are also experiencing tangible fuel savings thanks to EcoBoost powertrains.
“The Ford EcoBoost engines provide an average mile and a half improvement over our V8-powered trucks at work,” said Lyle Azevedo, fleet manager for Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield, California — a major grower of carrots and other crops. “With a 150,000-mile life cycle and with $3.50 a gallon gas, we’re going to save over $300,000 on our fleet of 80 trucks over their lifetimes.”
Speaking of savings for police fleets, the New Mexico State Police was at first hesitant to shift from V8 engines to V6s with EcoBoost technology, according to vehicle fleet manager Tony Gonzalez.
“But we talked about the fuel economy and today we’re looking at a 10 to 15 percent fuel economy improvement and would be getting even more fuel economy improvement if we could keep our foot out of them, but they’re so fun to drive,” said Gonzalez. “We spend $250,000 to $300,000 a month on fuel, so the savings to taxpayers really adds up.”
The department’s fleet is comprised of 60 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, 15 F-150 EcoBoost pickups and six Ford Fusion sedans equipped with EcoBoost engines.
The Motrolix Take
It’s great to see EcoBoost delivering tangible fuel economy savings for fleet operators. But The Blue Oval better not rest on its laurels, because the competition has its own agenda. For instance, The General’s police-only Caprice PPV doesn’t offer the turbo-charged efficiency of Ford’s EcoBoost powerplants, but does offer a V8 and rear-wheel drive — a drivetrain traditionally preferred by police officers in high-performance driving scenarios.