Carbon Motors, located in Connersville, Indiana, wants to lessen the carbon foorprint of the local policecar. A market that Ford Motor held for decades. Ford is changing their police car and not for the better. Carbon ordered more than 240,000 units of BMW's 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel engines complete with a cooling system, exhaust gas recirculation and an automatic transmission to run their vehicles. And run they do.
The cars are going to be built in Connersville giving much needed jobs to a State that is in deep trouble. They claim to have orders for 12,500 cars at this point.
According to the Carbon Web site (http://www.carbonmotors.com/), the E7 will use an aluminum spaceframe structure, will be built to survive a 75-mph rear impact and designed to last for 250,000 miles. It lists the performance targets at 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, a top speed of more than 150 mph and combined city/highway fuel economy of 28 to 30 mpg, which is where the BMW diesel comes in.
photo credit: © 2010 Carbon Motors
edited text: Dale Jewett/© 2010 Crain Communications, Inc.