From New York’s Finest to New York’s fastest? Upper East Side cops are now patrolling the streets in brand new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E GT SUVs capable of responding to calls for help with breakneck speed. Upper East Site spotted two of the new police cruisers — which can go from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds — parked not far from the 19th Precinct’s station house in Lenox Hill.
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The NYPD Mustang Mach-E GTs, which feature markings identifying the 19th Precinct, were stationed near the corner of East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue on Thursday morning, likely part of an order placed by the City for 184 of the fossil fuel-free sport utility vehicles more than a year ago.
Upgraded from the standard production model any Upper East Side resident can buy, these NYPD Mustang Mach-E GTs are lightly armored with bullet resistant ballistic door panels and glass to keep officers safe— just like the current Ford Explorer Interceptors used for patrol.
However, the consumer model Mustang’s glass roof has been swapped out for steel, which provides a better base for the SUV’s emergency lights.
The battery-powered police cruisers are sitting on stylish 20-inch wheels and have a range of 270 miles — more than enough juice for several tours of duty before needing a recharge.
However, the biggest difference between the vehicles may be their quickness. The high voltage batteries powering the GT’s motors are good for a blistering 470 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds of torque, which can propel the two-and-a-half-ton SUV to 30 miles per hour in under two seconds.
For reference, the speed limit for the general public in NYC is 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.
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The fully-electric police vehicles are now in service on the streets of the Upper East Side, fighting crime without a combustion engine producing greenhouse gases — so keep an eye out — because you certainly wont hear them unless the SUV’s siren is wailing.
Upper East Site reached out to the NYPD for more information on the new Mustang Mach-E patrol cruisers but did not immediately hear back.
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