This incredible feature to fight the spread of Covid-19 isn’t just available on the lastest Police Interceptor Utility, but as a retrofit to all 2013 to 2019 models as well. Ford worked with The Ohio State University to determine the temperature and time needed to reduce the virus spread and tested the solution on New York City Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department vehicles.
“First responders are on the front lines protecting all of us. They are exposed to the virus and are in dire need of protective measures,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “We looked at what’s in our arsenal and how we could step up to help. In this case, we’ve turned the vehicle’s powertrain and heat control systems into a virus neutralizer.”
“Our studies with Ford Motor Company indicate that exposing coronaviruses to temperatures of 56 degrees Celsius, or 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes reduces the viral concentration by greater than 99 percent on interior surfaces and materials used inside Police Interceptor Utility vehicles,” Jeff Jahnes and Jesse Kwiek, laboratory supervisors at The Ohio State University department of microbiology, explained.