The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle has everything a modern police department might need in a truck. Ford has another electric truck in the works that will help lower department costs and deliver a more efficient driving experience. What are the features of this all-electric Special Service Vehicle from Ford?
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle was built with police departments in mind
What sets the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV apart from the regular Lightning? While the Lightning is unique in its own way, the Pro SSV has been designed from the ground up to be a suitable Police Responder truck that happens to have an electric powertrain.
Meanwhile, Ford has provided vehicles for police departments for more than 70 years now. Ford Pro customers include more than 12,000 departments around the U.S., which are the ideal candidates for an electric emergency vehicle. The Ford Pro police vehicle lineup outsells all other automakers offering SSVs for purchase. Thanks to those on the Ford Police Advisory Board, this specialty vehicle has come to fruition.
“We’re proud to offer America’s first electric police pickup truck to local government customers who can use the truck’s game-changing technology to help improve their productivity.”Nate Oscarson | Ford Pro national government sales manager
Thanks to the Lightning’s Pro Power Onboard, the truck can be a mobile power source for accident scenes or other situations. Ford says the electric powertrain has the potential to “reduce costs associated with fuel and scheduled maintenance needs.”
Purpose-built features 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV make it the perfect police truck
Ford designed the inside of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle with law enforcement needs in mind. The seats are made from police-grade heavy-duty cloth, built-in steel intrusion plates help protect the cabin, and roof-mounted LED warning beacons are an available feature. Plus, the Mega Power Frunk on this Ford electric police truck has 14.1 cubic feet of lockable cargo area for whatever officers might need to store. The Frunk also has a 220-amp DC-DC power source.
Purpose-built features for this electric F-150 Police Responder include a customizable instrument panel that allows police equipment to mount. The seats in the back are made from easy-to-clean vinyl, as are the floors. A 12-inch digital cluster screen and a 12-inch landscape-style touchscreen are standard features.
Ford says the targeted performance and capability numbers are as follows:
|2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV||Horsepower & Torque||Towing capacity|
|Standard-range battery||452 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft. of torque||7,700-pounds|
|Extended-range battery||580 horsepower, 775 lb.-ft. of torque||10,000-pounds|
Ford will equip the 2023 Lightning Pro SSV with Intelligent Range and SYNC 4, allowing Ford Power Up over-the-air updates. Plus, the SSV will get Ford Co-Pilot360 with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Blindspot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert.
Ford electric police trucks might be the new normal
Nevertheless, Ford says it will release more information about the 2023 F-150 Lightning and the Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle later this summer. That means you could see an electric Ford police truck as early as next year if all goes as planned. The automaker has been making a big push for fleet-based rollouts, which could potentially bring in huge sales numbers for Ford.
Currently, there are 650 electric vehicle-certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers across the U.S. An additional 2,300 Ford electric vehicle-certified dealers are also in place. Keep an eye out for more information on the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle next month.
Deliveries for the 2022 Ford Lightning are already happening, and with 200,000 reservations to fill, you might find yourself riding in an electric truck sooner than later.