The new Lexus RX 400h petrol/electric hybrid off-roader is soon to be put through its paces by the British police force. Beginning in Hampshire, the RX 400h will be modified to police specification and sent out on patrol. The improved fuel economy of the hybrid engine has been a key factor in the decision to use the car, as the police fleet covers an estimated 14.5 million miles each year.
The RX 400h combines 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine with a 165bhp front electric motor to produce high levels of performance, as demonstrated with a 0-62mph time of under eight seconds, with a second electric motor at the rear to give the car four-wheel-drive capabilites that can be engaged when required. As well as reducing fuel consumption through its use of these electric motors, the engine also disengages four-wheel-drive whilst cruising, and shuts the engine down when at a halt to boost efficiency.