By on February 18, 2018

Daimler Police Cars Euro

Daimler will be present at this week’s General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference to showcase its new law enforcement units. While Mercedes-Benz patrol vehicles are fairly common in the fatherland, Daimler may be seeking to broaden appeal within Europe and beyond. Don’t expect a sudden rush of imported squad cars for North America, however.

The only possible exception would be the Sprinter van. The NYPD currently fields a large number of E-Series vans as “Paddy wagons” but has started replacing them with the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The city also uses Smart ForTwos as parking enforcement. Likewise, the LAPD has also expressed an interest in adopting the Sprinter as a transport vehicle but chose the BMW i3 as its small unit intended primarily for virtue signaling

The Smart brand will be present at the police exhibition. However Daimler’s fourth-generation lineup consists entirely of zero-emission versions of the ForTwo, ForTwo Cabrio and ForFour. The electric trio have a Euro-claimed range of 99 miles between charges — a domestic analysis of the 2018 ForTwo yielded 58 miles of range.

Mercedes’ Sprinter will receive a battery option in 2019 while the smaller Vito (Metris) already has an EV option available. Both units can currently be equipped with the applicable police packages. According to the release, the Vito is intended as a “radio patrol” unit while the Sprinter is supposed to be a “team vehicle.”

Daimler’s policing portfolio also includes the new X-Class — the pickup , based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara/Frontier, that Benz didn’t think America deserved. Law enforcement upgrades include extensive suspension tuning and ventilated disc brakes.

Also added in the lineup is the updated E-Class wagon, which features a new diesel engine and numerous safety systems. It was accompanied by the GLC 350e 4Matic, a plug-in hybrid version of the the brand’s compact SUV. While the car is no slouch, with enough power to deliver a 6.2 second 0-to-60 time, Mercedes chose to focus primarily on the model’s efficiency saying “plug-in hybrids represent a key technology on the road to the locally emission-free future of the automobile.”

The vehicles will be on display at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference between February 20th and 22nd in Frankfurt, Germany — ready to prove to the world that Daimler can comply with Europe’s RDE (Real Driving Emissions) legislation and provide “electric mobility” to law enforcement.

Daimler Police Cars GLC 350

[Images: Daimler]

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10 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz to Preview New Police Vehicles in Germany, Promises They’ll Be ‘Electrifying’...”


  • avatar
    ernest

    “Daimler’s policing portfolio also includes the new X-Class — the pickup , based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara/Frontier, that Benz didn’t think America deserved. Law enforcement upgrades include extensive suspension tuning and ventilated disc brakes.”

    More likely, Mercedes looked at Toyota, Nissan, and Honda’s sales rates, and decided this product didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of competing in the US pickup market.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Hmmm…lights, sirens, radios, cold weather climate, etc. You have to wonder about real world range in these things. Maybe buzzing around major metro areas sans hills and snow they’ll work, but for road patrols not so much.

  • avatar
    Dutcowski

    Just curious about the DE Polizei decals.. blue’s municipal or provincial right? Where as green is federal?

    I know in Canada the OPP have adapted a lone model X for review. I believe it’s set to hit Ontario roadways soon after a brief stint at the Toronto Autoshow.

    Most departments are willing to adapt new technologies if it gives them an edge. Look at drones. I’m nothing to do with the Police. I’d imagine electrification would be based on hopes for improved durability and lower maintenance. Obviously range is going to an important criteria. Which gives Tesla an advantage over Daimler here.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      ” OPP have adopted a lone model X for review” With police equipment, I’m going to guess around $150 K (can) or more.

      So the most indebted sub sovereign government in the world buys the Cops a new play toy. I’m thinking probably at least 2-3 ranking Officers at about $125 K a year each. No doubt a couple of committees will be created. The decision to buy a fleet of the model X will probably be made at a conference held at one of the high priced resorts here in Ontario.

      There is areas here in the GTA, when calling 911 you can be placed on hold. Remote communities have little or no police protection.

      Of course the OPP does have the crucial job of investigating Government corruption..Several investigations have been launched by the OPP in the last few years. At this point in time no charges have been laid.

      The government however, did approve an 8% across the board pay increase for the OPP.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    The best cop car I’ve ever seen was at Schiphol airport in 1989: A white 911 with police markings and a light bar. As I walked by the driver got out. He was wearing a racing suit and a crash helmet with a mirrored visor, like an Eighties ‘The Stig’. I don’t know what his actual job was but I suddenly wanted to have that job.

  • avatar
    craiger

    Europe is dumb about most things.

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    Daimler police cars are already common in the company‘s home state of Baden-Württemberg, just as Bavaria generally uses BMW vehicles and so forth.

    For patrolling the city the Bavarian police is now using electric BMW i3 cars. The most common police cars are a mixture of the current and last generation BMW 3/5er in wagon format, and a number of older E39 and E60 5er cars. The Volkswagen Touran and Transporter as well as the Mercedes Sprinter comprise the rest of the police cars in use with the Bavarian police. Aside from the i3, they are all diesel-powered.

    • 0 avatar
      Cactuar

      I’ve always wondered how the European fleet managers manage to stay on top of BMW/Mercedes cars’ maintenance without going bankrupt. Are they not considered money pits over there?

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Every time I hear those euro-weenie police sirens I chuckle, they remind me of Peter Sellers for some reason, which isn’t a bad thing.


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