• Oct 9, 2008
Click above for more shots of the Carbon Motors E7

We haven't heard a peep from Carbon Motors in a very long time, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't been hard at work on its purpose-built E7 police car concept. To prove that it's moving forward, the automaker-to-be has just released two shots of a real E7. What's more, the company will show the car to prospective clients – police officers – at the upcoming 115th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition. Unlike curent cop cars driven by these officers, usually police-spec Crown Vic Interceptors, the E7 was specifically designed just to do police duty. Instead of a 4.6-liter Ford V8 engine underhood, the E7 will feature a clean-diesel engine capable of running on biodiesel. With a cockpit derived from jet-fighter technology that includes built-in radar, radiation and biological threat detectors among other techno goodies, the E7 sounds suitably high-tech for real-life crime fighters of the modern era. To further highlight this point, check out the video, along with the press release, after the break.


[Source: Carbon Motors via Jalopnik]

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PRESS RELEASE:

Carbon Motors™ to Unveil World's First Purpose-Built Law Enforcement Vehicle on "PURE JUSTICE TOUR" of US Cities

New Homeland Security Company Mulls Alternative Site Locations - Meets with Economic Development Leaders. Former IACP President to Marshal in New Era of Cutting Edge Homeland Security Technology to Law Enforcement Leaders

CHICAGO, IL - Carbon Motors Corporation announced today it will unveil the Carbon 'E7', the world's first purpose-built law enforcement vehicle, during the "2008 Pure Justice Tour" of nine U.S. cities starting in Chicago, Illinois and including San Diego, California for the 115th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition where over 15,000 senior law enforcement professionals will gather from all around the world.

The Carbon 'E7' – the temporary program code used until the law enforcement community selects a vehicle name – represents the next generation of law enforcement technology as the first vehicle in history designed and engineered from the ground up and bumper-to-bumper specifically for law enforcement operations.

Carbon Motors announced today the nine cities the 'E7' will visit during the 2008 Pure Justice Tour beginning Tuesday October 14, 2008 in Chicago, IL. The tour will include stops in:

Chicago, IL Tuesday, October 14 Indianapolis, IN Monday, October 20 Columbus, OH Thursday, October 23 San Diego, CA Saturday, November 8 – 12 San Jose, CA Tuesday, November 18 San Francisco, CA Saturday, November 22 – 29 Greenville, SC Thursday, December 4 – 9 Jacksonville, FL Wednesday, December 10 – 14 Tampa, FL Monday, December 15 – 19

The vehicle was well received at recent VIP sneak preview events for Tier 1 suppliers held in Detroit, MI. Further tour dates and event details will be made available at www.carbonmotors.com and is also being promoted on YouTube.com and BLUtube through the video trailer "Ours is Real". The company will invite law enforcement and the communities they serve to view the 'E7' up close at each stop of the tour – and in some cases the respective state's senior economic development officials. Carbon Motors is weighing its options for the site location of the Company where it intends to create 10,000 new direct and indirect American jobs and have a greater than $3 billion positive economic impact on the selected region over a period of ten years.

Carbon's 'E7' was designed by law enforcement, for law enforcement. To date, over 1,700 law enforcement professionals, representing all 50 US States and each functional discipline of law enforcement, have volunteered their time to serve on the Carbon Council, which provides direct and unfiltered interaction with the Carbon Motors team. As a result, the vehicle will come fully equipped with a comprehensive suite of purpose-built, state-of-the-art performance and safety features utilizing the latest advancements in defense and law enforcement technology.

"The 2008 Pure Justice Tour marks this revolutionary vehicle's debut to a first responder community that has waited far too long for a vehicle designed specifically for the high pressure and increasingly demanding work environment of law enforcement in a post-9/11 world," said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation. "The military has long used purpose-built vehicles to accomplish their unique missions. Fire engines were specifically designed to provide firefighters with water, aerial ladders or other equipment to assist them in rescue work. And even postal workers have purpose-built trucks for delivering mail. Law enforcement, by comparison, has had to settle for retail cars designed for ordinary passenger use with haphazardly and dangerously installed law enforcement equipment. The women and men who protect our communities deserve better. Carbon's 'E7' will rectify this injustice."

The vehicle will display a robust collection of world-class technological and design enhancements, including an ergonomically correct cockpit inspired by jet fighters and helicopters, a high powered clean-diesel engine capable of running on biodiesel (that will provide 40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and will meet or exceed the driving performance of current vehicles), integrated external and internal surveillance capabilities, radar, LoJack, an automatic license plate recognition system, radiation and biological threat detectors and 360 degree, high conspicuity built-in LED emergency lighting. In addition, the 'E7' debuts Carbon's proprietary On-board Rapid Command Architecture™ (ORCA™) with a large touch-screen main display and a separate touch screen keyboard providing world-class data communication and human-machine interface. The 'E7' will serve as an integrated homeland security platform enhancing security capabilities for the nation's 800,000+ law enforcement first responders, while substantially lowering their current operating costs and lessening the burden on taxpayers nationwide.

Joining the Carbon Motors executives at the 'E7' introduction to the IACP Conference in San Diego will be past IACP president and former Clinton cabinet member Drug Czar, Dr. Lee P. Brown. Dr. Brown serves on the Carbon Motors Advisory Board, alongside Governor Thomas J. Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, former vice-chair of the 9/11 commission.

"We ask so much more of our law enforcement officers today than we ever did in the past," said Dr. Brown. "They patrol our neighborhoods and our highways, arrive first on the scene of emergencies, live in their cars during natural disasters, gather and share vital intelligence. Their vehicles are not simply modes of transportation, but serve literally as a traveling office, as a first mode of protection, as a communications center and as a transport for dangerous criminals. This one piece of critical equipment is the command center for every officer on the street, and they deserve a vehicle that will not only help them do their jobs better but also protect them while they are doing it."

About Carbon Motors Corporation

Carbon Motors Corporation is a homeland security company focused on a highly specific mission: developing, manufacturing, distributing, and servicing the world's first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. Learn more at www.carbonmotors.com.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This has to be the most absurd car on the planet. Just the thing revenue junkies need. "I clocked you doin 82 in a 65, plus my biohazard detector shows your car is spewing out deadly fumes. Here's your $125 speeding fine and $200 enviromental fine".

      No police department needs a car like this. Maybe if the car has sensors to alert police officers to real crimes. Sorry but any city that purchases a vehicle like this will make itself even more of a joke.

      I have nothing against good officers that walk the beat and respond to real crime. I have a major beef with poilce stations that set up radar traps on highways with 8 motorcylces, but take 4 1/2 hours to respond to an emergency call from a security company. Cars like this reward that type of police work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Law enforcement here can't keep their SBC Caprices and Modengine Vics running.... these are tractors compared to this device.

      The price of a speeding ticket just got higher.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? Is that why the Crown Vic continues to be the choice of police departments?
        • 6 Years Ago
        CM says these things are built for a 250,000mi life with aggressive driving (like how cops drive, even when off duty) and when the car reaches its end-of-life, CM buys it back to crush (supposedly -- I really think they'll just discount the next one the PD buys).
        All in all, these are (again, supposedly) designed to cost little, if any, more than today's crown vics, impalas, and chargers.
        plus they just look so blade-runner-esque!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How long will it be before one of these knee-jerk morons gets a false reading on the radiation or bio threat dectectors, and some poor guy ends up in Guantanamo Bay and/or they start some major Homeland security incident? With that many detectors out on the road, there are bound to be some false positive readings, and they probably can't be trusted to interpet those readings with an open mind. Every false positive will probably cause some huge, costly incident, because they are "Following Procedure".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seem pretty vaporware...they don't even have a manufacturing location yet, lol.
      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder, if this Carbon Motors E7 i successful in law enforcement, and I hope it is, would there be a civilian version of this vehicle marketed?
      If so, this would be like a throwback to the old Checker cab from the '50s to the 70s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks really good.
      but still I wouldnt want to see one of those in my rear view mirror
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks Acura TL-ish? no?

      Jeremy Wayne
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that a 300C I see underneath? It's really noticeable with the rear doors and the way the roof is shaped.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the current police cars run on petrol? Yeah, petrol is renowned for the way it fits into emergency vehicles that run the entire day...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's probably a great car for police departments, but how much are we going to have to pay in increased taxes and fines to pay for these vehicles?

      And no offense to our friends behind the radar gun, but stating that "the women and men who protect our communities deserve better," is cut from the same cloth as all the "think about the children" arguments: It makes you sound like a bad person to truthfully tell them they can't have it.

      Yeah, we all want the best thing, but no, we all can't afford it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sucks for Ford.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It better have focused ignition kill & never have to indulge in bumper car chases
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