• May 28, 2010
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In its latest newsletter update, Carbon Motors has revealed that it's received over 14,000 reservations from over 400 police agencies for its new purpose built E7 police car. However, it's best to bear in mind those are just reservations for slots in the production schedule. As of yet, no one has placed a firm order for the E7 because Carbon hasn't even announced pricing. While the concept of a vehicle built specifically to meet the needs of police forces certainly sounds good on paper, the E7 will undoubtedly be expensive.

Besides using plenty of bespoke hardware that won't benefit from economies of scale, it will be powered by a BMW 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine – a phenomenal engine and much more fuel efficient than anything else currently available in the police market, but coming from Munich will certainly elevate the price.

It will be very interesting to see how many reservations get turned into firm orders once pricing is announced. Make the jump for the full details.



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Carbon Motors: A Catalyst for Change

New Entrants into Market Raise the Question, "What's the Difference?"

It has long been assumed that law enforcement professionals – police, sheriff's deputies, state patrol, etc. – operate real "police cars", yet there has never been any proof backed up with logic to show why this statement might be true (or in this case false) in the first place. It is a myth. Law enforcement organizations have never been offered a purpose-built solution because one never existed anywhere in the world until Carbon Motors came along with world's first and only purpose-built law enforcement patrol vehicle.

With the help of over 3,500 US law enforcement professionals from all 50 States representing the local, state and federal levels, Carbon Motors wrote the groundbreaking specifications for such a vehicle. Based on this comprehensive list, it became evident that modifying a retail passenger car would not suffice – from interior space requirements, to vehicle performance, to the use of advanced homeland security technologies, to the long-term durability based on law enforcement usage patterns, to the fuel efficiency, to the required safety attributes and the list goes on and on and on. Carbon Motors decided to develop an all-new, ground-up homeland security platform for the United States of America "Designed by Law Enforcement, Exclusively for Law Enforcement."

What Really is "Purpose-Built"?

Purpose-built quite simply means, "exclusively built for a particular purpose" – a superior product built from the ground-up with one sole mission, dedicated and committed to one set of professional users. Our country builds purpose-built vehicles to put out fires, go into battle, clean our streets, collect our trash and deliver our mail. Why not a purpose-built vehicle, then, for patrolling our roadways, protecting our communities, and securing our homeland?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the MRAP All-Terrain Armored Vehicle, an emergency fire truck, a SWAT armored rescue vehicle, and the Carbon 'E7' – these are purpose-built vehicles on a very serious, clear and singular mission. The Carbon E7 is in fact so serious, that it will have a positive and material effect on at least six of President Obama's cabinet-level departments including the Departments of Labor, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, and Treasury. From creating thousands of new American jobs of national importance, to reducing our dependence on foreign oil, to better securing our homeland, and even reducing taxpayer burden regarding the approximately $100 billion the United States of America will spend on law enforcement vehicle operations over the next decade.
Demand is Unquestionable – 14,000 Reservations Says So!

Clearly, the brave women and men of law enforcement, the City Mayors, Managers and Council Members, the State Controllers and even the Federal Government all recognize the benefits of a purpose-built vehicle. And they have all backed it up in writing. Carbon Motors has surpassed 14,000 production slot reservations for the Carbon E7. These reservations were made by over 400 law enforcement agencies in 48 US States, representing each functional area of law enforcement. At this rate, Carbon Motors fully expects to have production sold out well in advance of the first vehicle rolling out of the Carbon Campus in Connersville, Indiana.

51st stop on Pure Justice Tour Features Ride-and-Drive

Carbon Motors Corporation was invited to participate in the Advanced Automotive Technology Symposium in Sacramento, California last week. The purpose of the event was to highlight some of the emerging technologies in the automotive powertrain space. Other participants included Bosch, BMW, Daimler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen. Advanced clean diesel technology was not only featured as a prominent provider of both reduced fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, but as a long-term, durable solution to reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Carbon Motors set out to provide an optimum balance of performance and fuel economy in the E7 law enforcement patrol vehicle with the selection of its advanced clean diesel engines by BMW. Symposium guests were invited to experience that performance first-hand after looking over Carbon's E7 – the thrill of having 80% of the engine's torque available between 1100 rpm to 4200 rpm!

Law enforcement professionals spent extraordinary lengths of time gazing at the E7 and learning of its unique features and functionalities. They were then escorted over to participate in a very special ride-and-drive in vehicles with this type of advanced powertrain. It was fun to see the looks on the faces of both law enforcement officers and fleet administrators as they were pinned to the backs of their seats. One of the California Congressional Delegates was even spotted kneeling down to smell the exhaust because she couldn't believe how clean this advanced technology actually is!

All of those who participated agreed that Carbon's E7, coupled with the BMW advanced diesel engine, is the one and only breakthrough product for our brave women and men in uniform that put their lives on the line for us, every single day!


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Think I read somewhere that these wouldn't be sold outright, but "leased". The lease returns would then be stripped and re-built for re-leasing. Don't know how that would work if the design (meaning hardware, not style) doesn't age well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      whatever makes cops easier to spot out is fine by me
        • 4 Years Ago
        @notYou

        I noticed that, too, when driving up to Orlando a week or so ago. People were being pulled over by normal looking pickups. How annoying!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amber lights can be spotted from a mile away, but with the recent introduction of Charger Interceptors, I'm not as confident anymore (have no idea what those look like).

        At least it's not Hawaii, where everything from 4runners to G35s can be cop cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only in the past few years did they start doing this in central Florida (Orlando and surrounding areas). I've seen unmarked cars that are literally any make or model - even a pickup. I haven't quite seen the proverbial Toyota Corolla yet, but I bet its out there...
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, same problem here in slovenia, europe... some cop cars are normal, everyday cars, no amber lights, no stickers, nothing, just a radar in front or back. so you have to be very carefull, if a car is following you or if anything stands by the road, it could be a cop... sucks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm... i have a hard time believing this. Especially when state/county governments are generally broke and tend to buy the cheapest, simplest thing they can get.

      Then again, they buy BMW motorcycles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mhm. $45k before equipment would be BMW giving an insane discount... if you consider what a base 5/7 series car goes for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm having a hard time buying it for a few reasons, the car itself, not the reservations. Look at the design, the integrated crash bars, the rear hinging doors, the seats, all of it screams bespoke and expensive, not only to purchase, but to repair in the event of pick moves, etc. and that's not even taking that bmw mill into account. BMW's lease so well in the us because maintenance is standard and the vast majority of us consumers trade up when the lease expires, outside of that free maintenance the bimmers are damn near the most expensive cars to maintain of the luxo lot, though audi's catching up, this doesn't bode well for the tdi mill. I just dont know, great idea but wrong time with all the new options like what ford's putting out there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @neptronix

        I agree, but I have to think there are some very upscale municipalities who have enough money to throw around to buy a couple of these. They may not be replacing all their cars, but might buy just a couple for high profile purposes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, but the chargers, taurus', and crown vic's are built the same way. So it's an even playing field.

        Adding a turbo does throw a wrench into the reliability equation. Does it balance out the stellar reliability record of the diesel engine it force feeds? i dunno.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well still remember some towns and small cities are still trying to live the high life. That and I'm sure they are pegging on some form of rebates from their states to offset any additional cost's. Hence they are still buying them on the cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've also got to remember that, in theory, these cars will require a lot less maintenance because they are purpose built to handle the abuse of being a cop car. That could very well be a selling point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope these guys make it. This is a fantastic car. And it would make cops easier for me to see. But whatever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not just the up front cost either...a regular police cruise can be sold once it's past a certain age/miles and part of it's cost recouped. You just have to strip out the police gear and an Interceptor becomes a crown vic with a bigger motor. With these when they get old you can't sell them to civilians.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tekdemon

        Um P71s never came with "bigger" engines. All they had was a base model 4.6L Modular with a slight modification to the airbox giving it 10hp over stock. There's nothing special about a P71 Interceptor. Same goes for the 9C1 Caprice. Just a base 250hp LT1.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They may be able to make "it", however you define "it." But they won't sell a lot of police cruisers at $50k each.

        Carbon Motors is a pipe dream. Nothing more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like we've been looking at the concept of this car for so long that its design really seems quite dated now.

      The new Taurus Interceptor is going to steamroll this, I think. Well, mostly. I'm sure a few orders will be made, but probably not enough to keep this company afloat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the problem with the taurus is the fact that most cops wanted a car with more rear leg room that the crown vic, that will leave the taurus out. the crown vic's rear leg room is 38.0 inches and the taurus is 38.1 inches...the dodge charger has 40.2 and the chevy caprice will have around 43.0 inches...there arent very many specs out yet about the car above...the worst part about the taurus is the fact that it actually has a smaller cabin than the crown vic- 108-cubic feet for the crown vic, 102.2 for the taurus...if you add the trunk space to that, the numbers are 122.3 for the taurus and 128.6 for the crown vic, the taurus is not a better choice than the aging crown vic, but the others are!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrysler will win the cop car wars decisively because of the Pentastar V6 and HEMI coupled with RWD will give the next Charger top of the pack performance with the lowest price. Ford's been trying to sell the Taurus to the police for twenty years and it's never taken. The new big Mopars have the DNA to be the greatest big American style cars ever! I bet there's a diesel or two just ready to bolt under Charger's sleek hood and new super heavy duty ZF built 7 speed Torqueflte transmissions are already on the way! How about a 500 horsepower HEMI SRT cop Charger or cop Grand Cherokee?

        I'd like to see a Grand Cherokee/New Magnum cop SUV to take on the Tahoe and new police Explorer.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @wwwgraham: You make a compelling amount of sense...like your commentary!
        • 4 Years Ago
        to wwwgraham, i totally agree... the chrysler products win this round! the only reasons why the crown vic is being discontinued is because ford has never paid attention to the car...they spent too much time with their suv's! if they would have kept the car around alittle longer, there really was alot of potential for the crown vic...all they had to do was increase the rear leg room and add their new 5.0 liter v8 from the 2011 mustang and would have had it made! the increase of power would have been dramatic! the horsepower would be 412 versus 239 and the torque would be 390 versus 287! i dont give a damn if it meant increasing the size of the car...cops prefer full frame cars to unibody because of the fact many police departments have people who can straighten the frames after the car has been in an accident...it is alot harder to do with a unibody... the only other full frame cars out there is actually the other two that are on the crown vic's "panther platform", that is the mercury grand marquis and the lincoln town car,which will be discontinued after the 2011 model year...full frame vehicles, not just cars, are on the way out, and that is not anything to be proud of!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is a joke. Wouldn't it be better to use a Taurus that is AMERICAN! We need all the jobs we can get. I find it hard to beleive that it's cheaper to build a new German car than to modify an existing car
        • 4 Years Ago
        That car IS American, just not ALL of the parts. The same can be said of the Taurus.
      SilentRunning
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this car does reach production hopefully they will be smart and lose the worthless embedded LED lighting in favor of traditional LED lighting elements. Would probably cut costs dramatically.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, the Taurus SHO's used in RoboCop are still cooler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang! It's kinda "hot.!" Maybe I need to get arrested to "test drive" one??? LOL...Seriously, it does look mean, cool, and just a tad threatening all by itself!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is total hogwash...not a dollar has passed hands....and THIS from the article....It will be very interesting to see how many reservations get turned into firm orders once pricing is announced...........
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am doubtful.
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