Carbon Motors is hitting the road with its next generation law enforcement vehicle to meet with state and federal government officials and promote its E7 police car.
The E7 prototype a step above the Ford Crown Victorias you typically see patrolling the streets. The high tech vehicle was designed in part based on input and suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals. Chase ready, the E7 is equipped with a 300-horsepower clean diesel engine that propels the car from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
At those speeds, safety is a top concern and the vehicle has an aluminum space-frame body structure and can withstand a crash of up to 75 mph. The interior features an embedded in-dash computer. Other cop-centric must-haves include:
- Police lights embedded in the roof
- 360-degree exterior surveillance capability
- Automatic license plate recognition system
- Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
- Integrated shotgun mounts
- Weapons of mass destruction detectors (optional)
It's not all high tech gadegetry that makes this car optimal for police work. The E7 features a rear compartment made entirely of seamless, washable plastic, with drain plugs in the floor to make for easy cleaning of "accidents" or injuries.
Carbon hasn't released a price for this top-of-the-line police car, but company officials estimates the car could cost about $50,000. That may be a stretch for some police departments, but it's a bargain compared with the armor-plated "Dark Knight" Tumbler Mobile equipped with rocket launchers ($1.7 million) or Knight Rider's KITT equipped with DNA analysis equipment and laser-guided missile defense ($45.6 million).
And if Carbon Motors doesn't overtake the police car market, perhaps they can rake it in by selling the onboard surveillance system to parents with newly licensed teens.