Ford Ranger vans replace Holden Colorados in Victoria Police fleet
FThe utes ord Ranger built with “prisoner pods” in the rear are to replace the Holden Colorado as the Victoria Police divisional fleet of vehicles.
Ford Australia supplies the police with specially built vans based on the Ranger XLT Super Cab and the Ranger XLT Dual Cab.
More than 200 Rangers each year will take the blues and both as the force renews its existing fleet over the next two years, with the first batch hitting the road starting next week.
“Our team of 2,500 automotive designers, engineers and specialists have the expertise not only to lead the development of global vehicles like Ranger, but also to customize them to meet the unique requirements of organizations like Victoria Police,” said Andrew Birkic. , President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand.
The vehicles, developed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) team, replace current Colorado models which have been first aid vehicles for frontline officers since 2018.
The initial order of 200 vehicles this year consists of general-purpose division vans, with the majority of units based on the Ford Ranger XLT Super Cab.
The XLT Dual Cab will also be used as a division van fitted with a modified prisoner transfer capsule, capable of holding two offenders, in parts of the state.
The pre-existing stand-alone pods, equipped with both air conditioning and video cameras, have been redesigned by third-party manufacturer, Centaur.
Ford adapted the Ranger to have “impressive ride height (237mm of ground clearance)” and improved visibility.
It also includes some key safety features, including Pre-Collision Assist – AEB with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and six airbags.
After the design work was completed, Ford SVE subjected the new divisional vans to rigorous testing at its You Yangs proving ground near Geelong to ensure it was fit for purpose, including testing. braking and handling.
In addition to the general functions of Ranger vans, Ford SVE works with Victoria Police on the design and development of 4×4 Rangers for operational off-road use, as well as other vehicles for specific operational tasks.
Traffic Enforcement Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Deb Robertson added: “Our frontline officers rely on division vans to provide the safest mode of transportation for their jobs, to be sustainable and equipped for service. modern font.
“We were delighted to find a manufacturer who could make major improvements and modifications to one of their vehicles in order to build it specifically for our operational use and also comply with our fleet safety policy.
This isn’t the first time the two have teamed up to produce emergency vehicles. Ford’s relationship with Victoria Police can be traced back to the 1959 Ford Mainline division van.
As a result of the partnership, the cops in Victoria join their New South Wales counterparts, who have used a mix of Ford Rangers and Holden Colorado for the past five years.
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