BMW will supply transmissions, cooling systems and hi-tech diesel engines for start-up police company Carbon Motors, the two companies announced Monday.
“The strength of BMW as a partner will allow us to provide our women and men in uniform with a diesel engine capable of the performance they desire, along with the significant reduction in fuel consumption and emissions that U.S. taxpayers need,” William Santana Li, CEO of Carbon Motors Corporation, said in a corporate announcement.
Diesel engines provide much better fuel economy than gasoline-powered engines along with more pulling power. When completed, the Carbon E7 will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds, according to the automaker. At the same time, the company has said it expects fuel economy of 28 to 30 miles per gallon.
Most of the vehicles BMW sells in Europe — including 80% of 5-series sedans and almost three quarters of 7-series sedans — are powered by diesel engines, according to BMW.
Cop cars of the future
BMW currently sells a diesel version of its popular 3-series car in the United States.
Carbon Motors is planning a factory in Connersville, Ind. A Carbon Motors spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about when the company expects to begin production.
Carbon touts its future car as the only “purpose-built” police cruiser. Competing vehicles are modified versions of full-size passenger sedans.
When it goes on sale, the Carbon Motors police car will be competing against a new Taurus-based Police Interceptor form Ford (F, Fortune 500) and a new Chevrolet Caprice PPV from General Motors as well as the Dodge Charger police car produced by Chrysler Group.
Carbon’s plan for the cars includes taking them back after their service life is over. The cars will be stripped down and recycled. Some parts will be used to make new police cars. The cars will not be sent to used car auctions. That will prevent criminals from being able to purchase decommissioned police cars.