Ford’s Transit vans are immensely popular. They have been hugely successful in the European markets for a while now (it has been the most popular commercial van in the UK for 49 years), and since Ford began bringing it Stateside, it has done a commendable job at filling in the shoes left by the bulkier, less-efficient Econoline vans that adorned nearly every major moving company’s lots.
In fact, the Transit has been doing so well that Ford will be bringing on 1,200 new workers to its Kansas City Assembly Plant, in addition to the 2,800 jobs that it added in 2012 and 2013, specifically to work on the Transit vans. Not satisfied with only catering to contractors and those who need to shuttle many people, Ford has turned its attention toward making a Transit for a very specific client: the police.
Like the paddy wagons of old, Ford’s new Transit-based prisoner transport van can carry as many as 12 prisoners in three separate compartments. The rig was engineered between Ford and Havis Prisoner Transport Solutions out of Pennsylvania, and will join Ford’s existing stable of service vehicles including the Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle, the Special Service Police Sedan, the F-150 Special Service Vehicle, and Expedition Special Service Vehicle.
The Transit PTV can be had with its standard 3.7 liter V6, an available 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, or an available 3.2 liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Ford is also offering three different roof heights, two different wheelbases, three different vehicle lengths, and four body styles to choose from.
“Many Police Advisory Board members have had the chance to drive this vehicle and they are excited about it,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager. “This new vehicle is tough, smart, and efficient — ideal for the needs of law enforcement agencies.”
It’s largely constructed of boron steel to make it able to hold up against the kind of abuse that police cars are wont to take. “Transit PTV is the latest example of Ford’s deep commitment to helping provide law enforcement agencies with capable vehicles,” said Honeycutt. “This concept proves Transit is upfit-ready and designed to Built Ford Tough standards.”
Ford didn’t mention when the PTV would be available to municipalities, where it would be produced, or what it would cost. The company sold 25,000 units of the Police Interceptor sedan and utility in 2013, with the utility vehicle accounting for 56 percent of sales.