The California Highway Patrol has placed a large order for more than 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit police sedans to replace its aging fleet of Ford Crown Victorias.
The Chargers were purchased following a public bidding process that looked to find the vehicle that offered the best balance of price, performance, and payload capacity. The Charger Pursuit “was found to comply with enforcement vehicle specifications,” and will be in service with the CHP by the end of the year.
“Our Charger Pursuit police sedans meet CHP’s stringent payload requirements, and in particular, will accommodate the agency’s radio systems,” said FCA’s vice president of U.S. fleet sales and operations, Jeff Kommor. “The Charger Pursuit also meets CHP’s demand for ongoing fuel-efficiency and its desire to be a leader in fiscal responsibility in California.”
The majority of vehicles ordered by the CHP are equipped with the 292 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. A small handful of 5.7-liter HEMI V8 models were ordered, but instructors at CHP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Sacramento will mainly use those.
All Charger Pursuit sedans are expected to be delivered to the CHP in two years’ time. If they so choose, local government agencies may also buy the Charger Pursuit through the same contract with FCA.