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Carbon Motors E7 Future USA Police Car (13 photos)

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The Carbon Motors E7: A new police car prototype equipped with sensors for weapons of mass destruction and automatic numberplate scanners has become the talk of a law enforcement convention in the US.

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The purpose-built Carbon E7 is a 300-horsepower car that runs on biodiesel fuel, making it both faster and greener than current model police vehicles.

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“It’s really a homeland security machine, not a cop car,” said E7 spokesman William Li.

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The car features 88 original features, including a “hoseable” backseat.

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The prototype’s maker, Carbon Motors, promotes the E7 as “a new brand of justice”. The company reportedly asked for input from nearly 2000 police officers in a bid to make the car “cop friendly”.

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Carbon Motors said there would need to be 20,000 E7s among the current 240,000-strong US police vehicle force for the car to be economically viable.

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If the prototype gets the greenlight, the car is set to go into production from 2012.

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“There certainly is opportunity for niche vehicle manufacturers nowadays unlike any time since the beginning of the auto industry,” car expert Brett Smith said to ABC.

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“You could easily get a big boy in there,” said police officer Matt Garrison after observing the rear door access.

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The front seat was made to resemble a “helicopter-style cockpit”, the company said.

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“There certainly is opportunity for niche vehicle manufacturers nowadays unlike any time since the beginning of the auto industry,” car expert Brett Smith said to ABC.

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“I can’t decide if this car makes me dislike cops more or less.” said owner of TheChive.com, Leo Resig.

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The intriguing Carbon Motors E7, is so-called “purpose built” police car that can run on biodiesel and has such features as integrated shotgun mounts, a driver-specific intelligent key and a “hose-able rear passenger compartment.” This vehicle is built specifically for police work only, compared to retrofitted civilian-to-police cars such as the Dodge Charger, Ford Crown Victoria or Chevy Impala.

“It should be illegal to impersonate a police car,” says the sales brochure, which also describes the E7 as “a new brand of justice.”

The Carbon E7, which is on a nationwide rollout, is powered by a 3.0-liter diesel that churns out 300 horsepower and delivers 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The E7 rides on a 122-inch wheelbase and has a curb weight of 4,000 pounds. Its makers say it sprints from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. It also boasts a 75-mph rear impact crash capability.

Carbon Motors said detailed pricing on the E7 will be announced in a few months.

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