CNBC this morning featured the Carbon Motors E7, a concept police car due to hit the streets in 2012. While GM and Chrysler are busy unveiling civilian concept cars that function more like golf carts than real vehicles, Carbon Motors, whose E7 is on display until 4pm Times Square, is offering cops a seriously badass ride.
-Integrated shotgun mounts
-Hose-able rear passenger compartment
-The front of the car has an automatic license plate recognition system that can scan 1,500 license plates a minute, then search numbers for prior offenses in a federal database.
– WMD/biohazard detectors located in ducts in trunk
-Trunk allows ambient air intake
-Built-in radar speed detectors and 360° surveillance cam
-3.0 liter, 300-hp diesel engine (runs on biodiesel)
-122-inch wheelbase, curb weight = 4,000 lbs
-0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds
-75 mph. rear impact crash capability
Carbon Motors is onto something. Some municipality will afford the James Bond-like vehicles when they’re released, despite the rumored $100,000 price tag. Now, it’s up to cutting-edge companies like Tesla to create a bombproof civilian counterpart.
I can’t wait to see what happens when a few well-heeled police departments purchase the cars, leaving those stuck with Crown Vics drooling in their wake.