Hillsborough County Sherriffs Office announced yesterday that the police office would invest in eight Ford EVs.
The Sheriff’s office is procuring two Mustang Mach-Es, two F-150 Lightning trucks and four E-Transit vans.
In a video message, Sherriff Chad Chronister said this about the investment:
One of the themes in our department is keeping up with the continuous technological developments. As electric vehicles evolve, we want to embrace the new technology and be good stewards of our environment. One way to do that is to find a place for the EVs within our fleet.
Although the upfront costs are a little more, the Sheriff’s office noted that maintenance and the vehicles holding their resale value make them a good investment.
The Sheriff’s Office confirmed that these eight vehicles would not be the last; they are looking to add 100 vehicles over the next five years.
The goal of adding Electric Vehicles to HCSO is to explore and evaluate the latest technology and how our team can use it to its full potential. The first electric vehicle arrived in October of 2021, and we are looking to add 20 vehicles in the 2022 fiscal year. We hope to meet our ultimate goal of 100 vehicles over the next five years.
The Mustang’s will be used in an administrative capacity.
Technicians in the Information Services Divisions will use the E-Transit vans.
While Facilities Management will use the F-150 Lightning.