SCAQMD Unveils Natural Gas Police Pursuit Vehicle at
|Air quality officials on Thursday will unveil a
2011 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor police pursuit vehicle converted to run
on clean-burning compressed natural gas at the annual AltCar Expo.
The vehicle will be on display at the AltCar Expo in the Santa Monica Civic
Center on Sept. 20 and 21.
In addition, news media will have an opportunity to view and drive
the police vehicle from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 during the
AltCar Expo’s media day at the Santa Monica Civic Center. A second CNG
police vehicle from the city of South Pasadena will also be on display.
“These police vehicles look and operate just like their gasoline
counterparts,” said Michael Cacciotti, SCAQMD Board Member and Councilman
for the city of South Pasadena. “But they are much cleaner and better for
air quality and our health, which is especially important in
pollution-plagued Southern California.”
The vehicle is part of SCAQMD’s compressed natural gas (CNG) police vehicle
demonstration program, which started in October 2012 in the city of Monterey
Park Police Department. During the three-year program, interested cities
across the Southland will have an opportunity to use the vehicle in their
fleet for approximately two to four months. The vehicle is currently being
operated by the city of Sierra Madre and will transfer to another city next
month. About 15 cities and the California State University San Bernardino
have expressed interest in the program.
In addition to the police vehicle on display at the AltCar expo, a second
CNG police vehicle, a K-9 unit, is currently in operation at the city of
The SCAQMD demonstration 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police pursuit vehicle has
been retrofitted to run entirely on CNG and is capable of speeds up to 100
mph. Just like its gasoline-powered counterpart, the CNG cruiser has a 4.6
liter, V-8 engine producing an estimated 250 horsepower. It achieves a
similar fuel efficiency of 15 miles per gallon. With a fuel tank capacity of
15 gallons it has an approximate range of 225 miles. At fast-fill stations,
refueling takes three to five minutes.
The vehicle was also evaluated by four different drivers in the Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Department’s Law Enforcement Vehicle Test and Evaluation
Program using a 32-lap high-speed course and a pursuit course. In these
tests, the Interceptor earned a passing score in various performance-based
categories, as well as satisfying the 100 mph requirement for high-speed law
There are a number of advantages to using natural gas vehicles. In addition
to the environmental benefits, natural gas vehicles on average produce about
20 to 25 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered
vehicles. Natural gas is also a low-cost, domestic resource and costs about
$1.50 less per gallon than gasoline on average.
SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major
portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
This page updated:
September 18, 2013