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Press release:

DHS Electric Vehicle Program Accelerates with Debut of First Fully Electric Law Enforcement Vehicle

Release Date: September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became the first federal agency to debut a battery electric vehicle (EV) fitted for performing law enforcement functions at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ Office of Cheltenham Operations. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first of a variety of EVs DHS plans to field across its varied law enforcement missions throughout the homeland.

“DHS is leading the charge among federal agencies to transition its fleet vehicles from internal combustion engines to zero-emission electric vehicles. As the Nation’s third largest federal agency and largest law enforcement agency, DHS has an inventory of more than 50,000 vehicles, with law enforcement vehicles making up 60 percent of its fleet,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien. “DHS is proud to be the first Federal agency to upfit a battery electric vehicle for law enforcement use. As we ramp up EV adoption, we are excited to see how this and other EVs perform for our mission.”

“DHS is proactively seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, EVs have the potential to significantly improve federal fleet efficiency and reduce vehicle operation and maintenance costs,” said Acting Under Secretary for Management R. D. “Tex" Alles. “DHS is also looking to create climate-resilient facilities and infrastructure, and to continue transitioning the DHS vehicle fleet towards electrification in the years to come.”

In April 2022, DHS completed an upfit of a Ford Mustang Mach-E as a law enforcement vehicle with lights and sirens in accordance Federal Protective Service standards. The Mustang Mach-E is undergoing high-threshold testing by the Federal Protective Service to ensure it will meet the demands required of DHS law enforcement missions. The vehicle must be able to handle a broad spectrum of the stresses including, high speeds, maneuverability both on- and off-road, durability, endurance, and technical specifications. FPS is conducting controlled performance benchmarking which includes building on existing performance data, and an operational assessment of the vehicle through real-world employment by Law Enforcement Officers during their daily routines. Concurrently, FPS is conducting cybersecurity assessments of the vehicle that will inform DHS of potential threats, vulnerabilities, and risks associated with the introduction of EVs into the fleet.

The DHS Climate Action Plan, which was approved by the Secretary in September 2021, establishes a longer-range outlook that emphasizes sustainability, energy and water resilience, and fleet electrification. An aspect of the plan’s five priority actions includes incorporating climate adaptation planning and processes into homeland security mission areas, including reviewing current budget planning policies, to assess whether climate change considerations are appropriately incorporated.

Visit DHS Actions: Climate Change for more information on the Department’s effort to address the climate crisis.

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I'm surprise they didn't pick red since that is the best color and it signifies strength and valor.
 

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Love the smile on the driver's face from the window! And appreciate the fact they seem to be budget conscious by going with a select vs spending extra un-needed $$$ on a higher trim.
 


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your best caption...

Mine: Introducing agent Giggles and "Special Brian"

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Now I can go on Facebook and read all the comments bitching that they are turning Mach E's into police vehicles! 😂
 

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Interesting that DHS went with a Select RWD vs NYPD choosing a GT AWD model, which is more appropriate for a pursuit vehicle. A Select RWD is a great budget-conscious choice for a lot of public agencies. I won’t get into any of my views on policing, but I will close by saying I’m glad to see more EVs in public fleets.
 

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Interesting that DHS went with a Select RWD vs NYPD choosing a GT AWD model, which is more appropriate for a pursuit vehicle. A Select RWD is a great budget-conscious choice for a lot of public agencies. I won’t get into any of my views on policing, but I will close by saying I’m glad to see more EVs in public fleets.
I can remember back in the 1990s when our highway patrol had 5.0 Mustangs as pursuit vehicles. Now that pursuits are no longer considered in the public interest for safety here, we let the helicopters follow until safe to arrest. I think a Select would probably fit the bill for a lot of agencies. (When will the NYPD need their full 5 seconds of fame around town anyway!?)
 

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Our small city has no speed limit above 35mph yet our police have a Tesla X, come on, $24k Bolts would be more than enough
 

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I wonder if the pony emblem lights up with the siren lights this is a GT version I didn't read the whole thing yet but that's the first thing that came to my mind when I saw those extra lights in the front fascia.

Looks like it's select trim but it'd be cool if the pony lights up that's all I was thinking
 

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Interesting that DHS went with a Select RWD vs NYPD choosing a GT AWD model, which is more appropriate for a pursuit vehicle. A Select RWD is a great budget-conscious choice for a lot of public agencies. I won’t get into any of my views on policing, but I will close by saying I’m glad to see more EVs in public fleets.
DHS doesn't do "pursuit" - they aren't traffic cops (Federal Protective Service), so the lower trims are suitable for just getting our officers around DC. A select is still faster than 90% of the cars on the road anyway....

 

 
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