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Homeland security experts join Carbon Motors advisory board.

Carbon Motors : 29 April, 2008  (Company News)
Makers of first fully purpose built, low emission police vehicle recruits security experts to board of advisors.
Carbon Motors has announced that former Secretary Tom Ridge, the nation's first secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security and two-term governor of Pennsylvania, and former US Rep Lee Hamilton, retired member of Congress from Indiana and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, have joined the company's board of advisors to help guide the development of the world's first purpose-built vehicle for law enforcement.

Led by former senior executives of Ford Motor Company, Carbon Motors is a new American automaker with a focused and singular mission: to design, develop, produce, distribute and service the Carbon E7, a vehicle designed specifically for law enforcement operations.

"Our goal is to significantly improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of our law enforcement first responders by giving them the tools they have long needed - and now, in a post-9/11 environment, need more than ever," said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Carbon Motors Corporation. "Throughout the development process, we have sought to draw upon the expertise of active and retired law enforcement officers across the nation, and their advice has been critical to ensuring that the E7 meets the uniquely challenging needs of today's law enforcement officers.

"With the addition of Secretary Ridge and Congressman Hamilton to our Board of Advisors, Carbon Motors is fortunate to be able to draw upon the experience and expertise of two of the nation's most respected authorities on homeland security," said Li.

While criminal threats and law enforcement tactics have evolved to become more sophisticated over the years, the resource most critical to the majority of officers—the patrol car—has not. Most officers are still driving a vehicle designed three decades ago, one meant for Sunday drives rather than the extreme conditions encountered during regular law enforcement operations.

"At the local, state and federal level, law enforcement is up against entirely new challenges that didn't exist 30 years ago," said Secretary Ridge. That's why we need to arm the men and women who protect our communities with the most up-to-date equipment. The E7 has the potential to meet that need, which would lead to safer and more effective patrol and policing operations and safer neighbourhoods across America."

Carbon Motors was founded to develop a more reliable, durable, high-performance and cost-efficient vehicle. Instead of taking an off-the-line passenger vehicle and inefficiently retrofitting it with tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, the E7 is engineered from bumper-to-bumper and from the ground up to serve the unique demands of law enforcement. For example, the E7 will include:.

* Fuel efficient 300 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque clean diesel engine.
* Ergonomically designed cockpit with 17" touch-screen display.
* Vehicle life durability specification of 250,000 miles.
* 360 degree exterior surveillance audio and video capability.
* 180 degree interior rear compartment audio and video capability.
* Available automatic license plate recognition system.
* Optional integrated ballistic protection.

"One thing that has become clear since 2001 is that an effective homeland security strategy demands new solutions to old problems, and Carbon Motors is taking up that challenge," said Hamilton. "The E7 not only provides greater officer safety and efficiency, it also saves taxpayer money. By improving fuel economy by over 40 percent the more police departments that adopt the E7, the more money we can put directly into critical new law enforcement resources."

Li noted that the nation's 425,000 law enforcement patrol vehicles burn through over 1.5 billions gallons of gasoline a year and emit over 7,000 tons of CO2. The E7 has been designed to reduce emissions by an estimated 40 percent.

In addition to naming Ridge and Hamilton to the Carbon Motors Advisory Board, Li announced the launch of Carbon Motors' newly redesigned Web site at. The new site includes more detailed specifications on the vehicle, additional photos of the E7 and enhanced descriptions of the tools and resources the car makes available to law enforcement.

Most importantly, the Web site serves as the online home of the Carbon Council, a voluntary advisory team comprised of active and retired law enforcement professionals and public servants who provide feedback and suggestions on the E7's design and features. All law enforcement and associated personnel, active and retired, are welcome to join the council to offer feedback and suggestions on the design and needs of a purpose-built law enforcement vehicle, and to discuss and interact with other law enforcement personnel as the car takes shape. To date, the Carbon Council has over 1,200 members nationwide.

"The new, enhanced Web site will provide law enforcement, policymakers and the general public with a comprehensive overview of the Carbon E7 and its capabilities," Li said. "This vehicle is the next generation of law enforcement tools, and we believe that people are going to be impressed by what they see. The collaborative design process has translated into a vehicle that will offer unique benefits to the law enforcement officials who purchase the E7."

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