There will soon be another Ford ready for local police duty. The electric F-150 Lightning will get some factory tweaks to become the F-150 Lightning Pro SSV, which stands for Special Service Vehicle. It also gains something you wouldn't normally find in the entry-level Lightning Pro — an extended-range battery pack with 580 horsepower.
We're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. to Ford offers the Lightning Pro SSV for law enforcement with the standard range battery, delivering 230 miles of range and 452 hp on all four wheels. That's still plenty of power, enough to send the electric truck 60 mph in about 5 seconds. With the extended battery available, however, this acceleration takes just 4 seconds. That makes for a police vehicle seriously fast, but Ford does more than just offer the “big engine” in a simple pickup.
The front and rear seats are updated and covered in fabric, with the front seats redesigned to better accommodate holstered officers. The front seatbacks also receive built-in steel intrusion plates and the carpet is replaced by vinyl flooring. Police vehicles often receive specialized third-party upgrades, so Ford beefs up and modifies the F-150's dashboard to make it easier to install the equipment. Outside, ceiling mounted lights can be added directly from the factory.
In addition to the hardware, the Lightning Pro SSV will be bundled with the software used in the Ford Pro connected vehicle platform. It's designed to help law enforcement agencies better manage their fleet of Fords, and chances are good that more than one Ford is in service. According to the automaker, Ford accounts for 65% of the law enforcement market, more than all other manufacturers that make police vehicles combined. And to help agencies get the Lightning electric, Ford is introducing new financing options for municipalities that include equipment charging options.
"We are proud to offer America's first electric police truck to local government customers who can use the truck's revolutionary technology to help improve their productivity," said Nate Oscarson, Ford Pro National Government Sales Manager. “The Pro Power Onboard can serve as a mobile power source to illuminate nighttime road accident scenes, the electric powertrain helps potentially reduce costs associated with fuel needs and scheduled maintenance, and the Mega Power Frunk provides extra storage. with locks upon purpose built police additions that our customers have come to expect from the leader in police vehicles.”