It's a shame Carbon Motors seems to be dead on arrival. The company's E7 Police Cruiser is a purpose-built law enforcement vehicle with plenty of well-executed innovations. Rather than slather a civilian vehicle in gear and call it a day, the company engineered the E7 with law enforcement in mind from the very beginning.

Unfortunately, funding dried up before the company could really get its legs under it, and as a result, Carbon Motors has shuttered the E7 program. Before that happened, our friends at Translogic got the chance to ride along in a fully functional version of the cruiser.

Carbon Motors Vice President Stacy Dean Stephens took the time to show off all of the impressive technology available on the E7, from license plate recognition software to infrared cameras, extensive speed detection hardware and even the unique front seats built to accommodate an officer's utility belt. Check out the video below for yourself.
Carbon Motors E7 Police Cruiser: TRANSLOGIC 128


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      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      there is one thing they didn't mention that killed this concept before it started; the price. no police agencies anywhere pay the "$28,000-$32,000" for conventional police vehicles they discussed. that might be the MSRP, but every police agency buys thru a bid process between the manufacturer and either the state or municipality; this is done on a yearly basis sometime in July or August. a friend of mine is the fleet manager at a large Chrysler dealership here in Arizona, and the state bid price on a new 2014 police package HEMI Charger is about $19,500. that's a far cry from the numbers they mentioned. this put Carbon Motors in an untenable position before they even built one vehicle. there was no way a small company like this could have met the low bid prices secured with the major manufacturers. when states and municipalities buy vehicles, especially large fleets, its all about the money.
        1guyin10
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        That is the unfortunate reality.
        Pratrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        The state bids are for baseline cars without the extra decals, light packages, computers, etc. You get the upgrade engine, seats and stuff like that but all the rest are additions. I am not a proponent of this police car just because it seems like a bad way to go about fixing some small issues in the current line of police interceptors. They could have applied a lot of changes to current models to keep costs down. But I digress, The cost is not actually bad when it comes down to what you are getting with the car. The 2013 Ford Taurus is over $26,000 for the police model and that is fleet price...
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's far more financially viable to team up with a BIG manufacturer to build a purpose build police car. Though I think this car would have been fantastic, it's purely a pipe dream.
        richard gear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Its an answer to a question that no one asked, wanted, or needed. I mean a BMW Diesel engine ? ? ? $ $ $.....
          Owen Treasure
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard gear
          A BMW diesel engine is perfect..fast and efficient. England has been using BMW diesel police cars for 30 years now...
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @richard gear
          You dont understand the advantages of diesel in police use. Why do firetrucks and ambulances use them? For power and fuel economy along with the ability to idle for hours without using gobs of fuel. Add to that longer maintenance intervals and durability.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh. Damn you, auto-play ads. Screw you AB for putting them on here.
      RustyShackelford
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a shame. Great car, and those who serve our communities would have been served well by this car.
      Moosetang
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Rather than slather a civilian vehicle in gear and call it a day, the company engineered the E7 with law enforcement in mind from the very beginning." If they had planned a non-LEO model to diffuse costs, like maybe an E7 Taxi or Town Car, I think they could have found alternative investors more easily. As it was, the LEO-only route made them dependent on getting the DOE loan to move forward, and the political BS kicked up around the loan program sunk their application.
      Bamboo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, as an officer the video had me drooling. All the features were awesome, but the front seats had me clicking back to watch over a few times. Wearing a duty belt in normal car seats is horrible. Tons of officers have back problems, and the way those seats let your duty gear fit while still sitting back would save a lot of back pain. I wonder if this company could just start selling seats or some of the other tech separately. I would pay out of pocket to get those seats installed in my patrol truck.
      ThomasP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ambulances... are built from civilian vans. Often outfitted with aftermarket boxes over the cargo area.
        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ThomasP
        But they are highly designed and purpose built boxes optimized for efficiency and functionality and organization. Cop cars are not. They pretty much just slap stuff in there and call it a day. Ambulances are totally custom from the driver\'s seat on back.
      Erik Berge
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they couldnt get it done, they looked like fantastic cars that would really make our officers safer and more able to do their jobs.
      prince_david
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a shame this didn't happen.
      erzhik
      • 1 Year Ago
      It really is a shame that E7 never got on its feet. The idea of purpose built police cruiser was great, hopefully a bigger manufacturer buys it out. Having crown vics as police cruisers is cheaper sure, but they are so damn ugly.
        VDuB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erzhik
        Why would you care about the aesthetics of a police car? The Crown Vic was awesome because it was so easy to spot out! Since the Crown Vic is no longer in production, all Crown Vics are soon needed to be replaced . I'm sad to see this not succeed. Now we have to try to spot out Taurus and Chargers and Explorers.
          Brent Smith
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDuB
          And just what kind of laws are you breaking that you need to "spot out" police cruisers?
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDuB
          I didn't come to an Auto enthusiast site to talk about how I love driving 40 MPH Brent, guess which law is the most frequently broken? Also the Taurus and Charger are bloated, should be pretty easy to spot.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDuB
          Sometimes it's just best to avoid law enforcement. I don't typically trust those guys. Especially the ones that have nothing to do.
          T-Mille
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDuB
          Brent, there is no law against looking for a specific pair of headlights in your rearview mirror. What kind of country do you live in?
      007 Vodka Martini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but this concept was a joke to begin with. In the modern automotive world, how could they imagine surviving in such a limited market? I was surprised to hear they are just now going away... How many of the comments come from people that actually work in the auto industry? Not many it appears...
        AlBongo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @007 Vodka Martini
        And you're an expert? Give me a break.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not a shame that Carbon Motors is doomed. Cops don't deserve anything that cool.
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