AFVI: Ford confirms that all 2008 police interceptors will be flex-fuel

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On Monday at the Alternative Fuels and Vehicles National Conference in Anaheim, California, Ford will take the wraps off the updated 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The biggest change for the 2008 models will be the addition of flex-fuel capability to the 4.6L V-8 allowing them to run on any blend of gasoline and ethanol up to E85. The new cop cars are fifty-state certified, as are all 2008 Ford flex-fuel passenger cars. Ford has sold more than two million flex-fuel vehicles to date, at least a dozen of which have ever had any ethanol pumped into their tanks. Visually, the only distinction for the 2008 Crown Vics and other E85 capable models will be a new yellow gas cap. The Ford press release is after the jump.

[Source: Ford]

Anaheim, Calif., April 2, 2007 –Ford Motor Company announced today its new 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor will be offered as a flexible fuel vehicle allowing it to operate on E85 ethanol or gasoline. News of the "green" police vehicle came at the Alternative Fuels and Vehicles National Conference under way in Anaheim, California.

Ford is the largest producer and seller of police vehicles with more than 80 percent of the market. As police and government agencies move toward becoming more environmentally conscious and seek alternative fuel vehicles for their fleets, Ford is in the position to fill this need for its police customers.

"The ability to offer an E85 capable vehicle to our police customers is significant," said Gerald Koss, Ford's fleet marketing manager. "Many municipalities and states across the country are encouraging, if not mandating, that their police and other government fleet vehicles begin using alternative sources of fuel. We can now help our police fleet customers achieve this goal."

Government agencies that include FFV Police Interceptors on their annual Department of Energy plan can receive credits toward EPACT mandates, increasing their flexibility in vehicle fleet selection and purchases. Fleets can place orders immediately for the E85-powered CVPI, with vehicle production slated to begin in May.

Ford also announced today that it has achieved 50-state certification for all of the Ford and Mercury 2008 flexible fuel passenger car models. Ford's current lineup of FFVs includes the Ford F-150, Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis

Achieving 50-state certification means Ford's flexible fuel vehicles meet both emissions rules set by the Federal government, as well as California. The evaporative standards in California create some unique challenges for FFVs. By certifying to both standards, automakers can sell their vehicles nationwide and reduce complexity.

In an effort to differentiate its flexible fuel vehicles from standard gasoline vehicles, Ford will begin equipping the E-85 capable vehicles with yellow gas caps, beginning later this year

"Ethanol is one way in which we can help lessen America's dependence on foreign oil," said Koss. "In addition to our flexible fuel vehicles, fleets looking to go green can also choose from two hybrid models, the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, as well as a number of Ford PZEV (partial zero emissions vehicles) models."

Ford has placed more than two million flexible fuel vehicles on the road, and has pledged to make half of its production capable of running on alternative fuels by 2012, provided the necessary fuel and infrastructure are in place.

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 280,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.

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