The Newark Police Department has introduced its inaugural electric vehicle into its fleet of patrol cars, unveiling an electric Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck, as announced on Wednesday. The acquisition of this electric vehicle was made possible through a grant from Energize Delaware, a self-funded initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy adoption in the state. The grant, totaling $490,000, was awarded to the city of Newark to facilitate the purchase of electric vehicles, construct charging stations, and conduct an electric vehicle charging station feasibility study.
A segment of this funding was allocated to procuring the electric Ford Lightning for the police department, along with the installation of a charging station in the Newark Police Department’s parking lot, as confirmed by the city. The Ford Lightning has been equipped with the necessary police gear and stands as the first of its kind to be deployed as a patrol vehicle in Delaware.
According to Ford, the electric pickup boasts an approximate range of 240 miles on a full charge and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. With a retail price of around $50,000, the Ford Lightning represents a progressive step in incorporating sustainable and high-performance options into law enforcement fleets.
While the Clayton Police Department also possesses an electric Ford F-150, it is currently assigned to the department’s school resource officer rather than for patrol purposes.
Notably, other law enforcement agencies in Delaware, including the Delaware State Police, Wilmington Police Department, New Castle County Police Department, and Dover Police Department, have not yet deployed fully electric vehicles for patrol operations. The introduction of the electric Ford F-150 Lightning by the Newark Police Department underscores the growing trend toward adopting environmentally friendly alternatives in law enforcement vehicle fleets.