With the launch of the Ford Mustang Mach-E this week, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has shaken up the law enforcement industry with a one-of-a-kind electric vehicle (EV).
The vehicle, tailored to meet the unique challenges of law enforcement, also made DHS the first federal agency to deploy an electric vehicle for such purposes. The Mustang Mach-E had to be equipped with lights and sirens to align with Federal Protective Service standards. High-threshold testing is underway to ensure it can handle the high speeds, on-road and off-road handling, durability and more that law enforcement missions demand.
“DHS is leading the charge among federal agencies to transition its vehicle fleet from internal combustion engines to zero-emission electric vehicles,” Deputy Homeland Security Secretary John Tien said. “As the third-largest federal agency and the largest law enforcement agency in the nation, DHS has an inventory of more than 50,000 vehicles, with law enforcement vehicles making up 60% of its fleet. . DHS is proud to be the first federal agency to equip a battery electric vehicle for law enforcement. As we accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, we are excited to see how this electric vehicle and others are performing for our mission. »
Mustang cybersecurity assessments are underway to determine potential threats or exploitable risks that electric vehicles could theoretically bring to the federal fleet. However, a vehicle integration like this is part of the agency’s broader climate action plan, approved last year, to align it with the Biden administration’s broader climate goals.