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Carbon Motors, soon-to-be makers of a dedicated police cruiser known as the E7, has finally chosen a new place to call home: Connersville, Indiana. Taking up residence in an abandoned plant from auto parts supplier Visteon, Carbon intends on investing $350 million to renovate the 1.8 million square-foot facility that it plans to use for production of the E7. The company could bring 1,500 new jobs to the area and plans to have the E7 into production by 2012.

Now that a production plant has been procured – and assuming there aren't any major snags along the way – it's expected that Carbon Motors will make an application to the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, which is intended to help spur the development of new fuel efficient vehicles. Carbon Motors' E7 was developed from the ground-up for police duty and features a 3.0-liter diesel that the company claims could cut police fleet fuel usage by 40% along with a barrage of other high-tech goodies perfect for fighting crime. Click past the break for the official press release.

[Source: Carbon Motors]


Carbon Motors Selects Indiana

Site Selection Announcement Made at "A Rally for American Jobs"

CONNERSVILLE, IN - Today, Carbon Motors Corporation, a new homeland security company, announced at "A Rally for American Jobs" that the State of Indiana, Fayette County, and the City of Connersville would be its new home. Governor Mitch Daniels, Mayor Leonard Urban and thousands of Hoosiers were present for the unexpected announcement that had been in the works with the leadership and support of U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, and Congressman Mike Pence. The jobs rally, held at a shuttered automotive facility, demonstrated the commitment of state, county and city officials, and clearly reflected the determination, spirit, and commitment of its workforce.

Carbon Motors will invest over $350 million in developing and producing the Carbon E7, which is slated for start of production in 2012. According to the Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Carbon Campus, which will house the entirety of its operation, is expected to bring 10,000 new direct and indirect American jobs to the region to support the production of the world's first purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle. It is estimated that the Company will have a $3 billion positive economic impact over ten years.

"We are creating new American jobs of national importance and it was only appropriate to announce that at a very unique 'Rally for American Jobs'. It is essential that the local, state, and federal authorities work in concert with the private sector to deliver on our country's moral obligation to provide our 840,000 law enforcement responders the appropriate equipment to secure our homeland against threats, both foreign and domestic," remarked William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation. "With the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, we are pleased and honored to announce that the great State of Indiana will become the police car capital of the world," continued Li.

"We are thrilled at the possibilities that Carbon Motors represents and, I'll be honest, especially at their selection of Connersville for the factory they hope to build. This company, in this former capital of American manufacturing, would make a tremendous symbol of economic rebirth and Hoosier leadership in it," said Governor Mitch Daniels.

Carbon Motors Corporation is a bold, new homeland security company on a critical mission to design, develop, manufacture, distribute, service, and recycle, the world's first purpose-built patrol vehicle. The Carbon E7 vehicle was recently at the U.S. Capitol for review by the U.S. Senate and subsequently at the U.S. House of Representatives.

This new homeland security technology platform will have a positive effect on every town, city, county, state, airport, college campus, border, and port of the United States of America – a social benefit nationwide. The country's law enforcement fleet is the most visible government fleet across the nation and it must lead by example. By creating thousands of new American jobs, providing our law enforcement first responders the appropriate level of equipment, and doing so in an environmentally responsible manner, we can establish a tangible new symbol for "America is Back". It is in the national interest of the United States from all levels of the public and private sector that the Carbon E7 be expedited to full-scale production. The opportunities the Carbon E7 vehicle represents cut across several cabinet level positions:
U.S. Department of Energy

* Energy – the nation's law enforcement fleet consumes an estimated 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and emits an estimated 14 million tons of CO2 annually; the Carbon E7 will cut that by up to 40% using clean diesel technology. Clean diesel is the technically correct short to medium-term solution for law enforcement operations due to its inherent performance, safety, operational, fuel efficiency, and durability characteristics.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

* Homeland Security – over 7 years after 9-11 our country's 840,000 law enforcement first responders continue to utilize inconsistently outfitted retail passenger vehicles meant for consumer use which do not provide the safety and performance capabilities appropriate to secure our homeland; over 3,000 law enforcement professionals across all 50 U.S. States at the local, state, and federal level helped design the Carbon E7 to specifically address their needs in the field.

U.S. Department of Justice

* Wasteful Government Spending – unlike the U.S. Department of Defense that oversees our military operations, the country's over 19,000 law enforcement agencies have very limited economies of scale in purchasing the equipment they need and are forced to utilize an outdated and wildly inefficient process to operate and service these vehicles in the field. Moreover, they experience unnecessarily high operating costs due to unacceptable fuel economy, poor durability, excessive service requirements, and critical safety concerns. The Carbon E7 will reduce the total life cycle costs as well as the overall taxpayer burden required to support our law enforcement operations, savings millions of dollars, and provide dramatic improvements in safety and effectiveness at the same time.

U.S. Department of Labor

* American Jobs – the over 450,000 law enforcement patrol vehicles that protect and secure our communities across America are not manufactured in the USA. The Carbon E7 will be produced in one of five U.S. States presently under consideration and is projected to create 10,000 new direct and indirect American jobs and a $3 billion positive economic impact on the selected region.

U.S. Department of Transportation

* Safety – the 75,000 new vehicles purchased by law enforcement agencies annually begin as retail passenger cars never intended for law enforcement usage and are haphazardly upfitted with a plethora of equipment installed on an aftermarket basis. These modified vehicles are never subjected to crash tests required to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) – a level of safety our families enjoy but is not provided to our women and men in uniform. The Carbon E7 will not only meet or exceed all FMVSS requirements with all law enforcement equipment efficiently integrated into the vehicle from the factory, but is additionally designed to meet a 75-mph rear impact crash.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      There is no way to make a standard passenger vehicle into one of these purpose built cars, no matter how much add-on stuff you throw onto it.

      Making a cab version would provide a much better sales volume and probably allow for a less expensive purchase price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much is this thing going to cost?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too much.

        Cop cars are disposable for a good reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        with a diesel motor it can cost 30% more than a standard police car and the ROI will be extremely quick for departments investing. Additionally, it will last significantly longer.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The thing with how much it costs is that it will come from the factory with all the gear the police forces now must pay for seperately from the car's cost.

        The Ford to Police cost of a Crown Vic may be low, but the Police then spend a ton of money putting all of their gear in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No small police force will want to get one. If the fleet is not big enough to have it's own garage then where will they get it serviced? Do you expect the local garage to foot the bill and buy the service manuals, code reader software and special tools needed when they are absolutely positive that there are only a handful of these cars in the area.

      Also if it is not a full frame vehicle (not unibody) I would not feel safe in it. A normal car is used for normal driving, a police vehicle is used for heavy duty extreme driving with the risk of an accident. Heavy unibody cars will crumple like a beer can in an accident and will never be straight again if they get fixed. The second accident will kill people.

      • 6 Years Ago
      If Ford sold the Falcon in America it would made a good basis for a cop car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sadly this one will be lucky to get out the gate.

      Police departments buy what is proven, cheap, and on-hand already.

      The only way this might have worked, would have been to work with the a copy like Dodge, end diesel engine maker like Mercedes, and so on.

      The problems to bring this to market have been under estimated.

      Too bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd much rather see my $6000/yr in property taxes go towards something cool like this, rather than the jurassic-era Crown Vics...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just 6? Lucky...
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's the spirit now! Same up here in CT. :-D
        • 6 Years Ago
        Noted... I have come to the opinion that if I ever want to retire in NJ I will have to keep a part time job to keep up with the property taxes....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Depends... I have a 1300 sq/ft house.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how that brand logo will go down at Renaults headquarters.

      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a pretty cool car.
      If I was a cop I would want to drive one of these.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much will it cost to repair when they do a PIT maneuver?
        • 6 Years Ago

        ...sorry, that damn show on Spike was on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing - it definitely needs bigger bumper guards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The diesel is a good idea and hopefully the engine computer will have a mode to adjust the engine to the best settings when cops leave their engine running in idle for a long time.

      I know they need to have their data terminal and radio running but many times I see cops leaving their Crown Vics with their thirsty V8s, just running while they talk among themselves, outside of the cruisers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me where one finds $350 million in 2009 to invest in an auto plant for a start-up manufacturer? While I wish them all the luck in the world, this venture looks like it has a one in a million chance of succeeding, much less making a profit anytime soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And what police force would be willing to invest any significant amount of money buying cars from a company that may not even exist in 2 years? It's one thing to find spare parts for a Vic, but I suspect getting certain parts for one of these could prove to be significantly more problematic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Marketing a defanged one to cab companies, would drastically help.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. I have a hard time seeing how they will make this business work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The composite car will be easier to build and repair [like NASCAR] and if it has an HHO
      [hydroxy] gas generator along with the diesel [using bio-algae] the performance shud be
      fine for normal service...Fit/finish of good-quality is fine; like taxicabs and many fleet cars
      fussy 'elegance' is not a prime objective...Only useful and necessary accessories need
      fitted--an AM/FM/HD/Clock basic radio is fine...They shud use free-flow filters and muf-
      flers with 4" pipes...The transmission shud be 5-6 speed auto with manual override for
      pursuit, other emergencies. Tires shud be best for service demanded, regionally chosen
      for weather, roads, geography...Ease of servicing/repair is important! If state/county de-
      partments use them first, then reconditioned ones go to locals, the costs can be kept
      reasonable...Alternators and A/C compressors shud have 'planetary' drive systems: At
      idle, mid-speeds and high engine rpm, these components turn at best speed--not too
      fast or slow...Light tint on windows [cops can wear sunglasses]...Washable rear seat
      area for drunk/sick/bleeding badguys...Suspension/powertrain components truck-strong,
      real timing chain, heavy gauge 'aircraft' type wiring...'Steerable' headlights, multi-LED
      lamps in all other applications...Aircraft or truck-style instruments--in proper location!..
      Finally: Ruggedized, 5/8 to 3/2 wavelength hi-power antennas [good to 100watts] allow
      using smaller radios, saving money...AaronAllen..
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