Carbon Motors, a boutique firm looking to supply the nation’s police with cars, has sent an open letter to the White House. The firm is after a federal loan so it can start making its turbo-diesel police cruiser.
Company wants to put cruiser on the road
The Carbon Motors Corporation, according to AutoBlog, has been waiting two years to receive a loan from the federal government to start building the E7, a police car that the company has developed. It would be the first completely bespoke police vehicle, as the company doesn’t plan on making a consumer version. Typical police cruisers are heavily modified consumer vehicles. Carbon applied for a loan under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, a Department of Energy initiative that dates to the George W. Bush administration.
The company has just posted an open letter to the White House Cabinet, in hopes of convincing them that Carbon’s loan should be approved and the nation’s first bespoke police interceptor can start to be produced.
Clean, green and mean
According to Carbon’s website, the E7 police car should produce more than 250 horsepower and get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds. It’s price is projected to be comparable with standard police cars, which are typically retail cars with extensive modifications.
However, the selling point for the Carbon E7 is that it gets a combined gas mileage of 28 to 30 miles per gallon, far more than the typical police cruiser. By comparison, the civilian 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, a wildly popular police vehicle, gets a combined mileage of 19 miles per gallon, according to the EPA. Carbon also asserts the E7 will emit 40 percent less carbon than its gas-powered contemporaries.
BMW agreed to license its 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder diesel engine for use in the E7, according to AutoBlog. BMW currently offers a 3 series sedan, the 335d, and the X5d SUV with the 3.0-liter diesel in the U.S.
The company has received orders for more than 20,000 E7 cruisers, according to WXIN Fox59. The $310 million loan could create up to 10,000 jobs at the facility in Connersville, Ind., where it intends to build the E7.
Most popular diesel
If the company does get a loan from the DOE and fills the more than 20,000 orders it has received, that would make it one of the most popular diesel-powered cars on the road.
The most popular diesel car in America, according to AutoGuide, is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, of which 56,717 were sold between January and the end of July this year. The second and third most popular diesel passenger cars are the Volkswagen Golf TDI and the BMW X35d, the diesel powered X5, though they lag far behind the Jetta in sales. Diesels, according to AutoGuide, make up about 3 percent of all passenger car sales in the U.S.