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A review of the awesome Carbon Motors E7 purpose built police vehicle

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  • 1. Summer 2010 Earthquake in Haiti (+ Inside Edition) Piece of Pizza, Peace of Mind Ultimate Sacrifice “Each Other’s Keeper” www.pfia1913.org
  • 2. Features Volume 26, Number 2 E7, Cruiser of the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The PFIA Protector is printed quarterly Earthquake in Haiti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 by the Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association. The executive and editorial Inside Edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 offices are located at 101 E 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032. Local: 317-581-1913 Piece of Pizza, Peace of Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 or toll-free: 1-800-221-PFIA (7342). Ultimate Sacrifice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Editor/Graphic Designer . . . . . .Alicia L. Fire Fire Fotos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association Departments President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark S. Kemp Missing & Exploited Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Senior Vice President, Heroes Hall of Fame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Executive Secretary . . . . . Peter F. Episcopo Vice President, Treasurer. . . . . . Tom Clines Meritorious Service Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Odds 'n Ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Board of Directors Dave Brunner . . . . . . . .Indianapolis, Indiana Spirit of Brotherhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mike Carrigan . . . . . . . .Littleton, Colorado Body Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tom Clines . . . . . . . . . Noblesville, Indiana PFIA Remembers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Peter F. Episcopo. . . . . . . . Carmel, Indiana Expressions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Tom Giampietro . . . Providence, Rhode Island Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Edward Griffith, III . . . . . Brick, New Jersey PFIA Services Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Gerald Housel . . . . . . . . Speedway, Indiana ABM/AR Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Tom C. Jackson . . . . . . . . . . .Peoria, Illinois Mark S. Kemp . . . . New Palestine, Indiana Swap Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 David G. Lentz . . . . . . . . Slidell, Louisiana Chili & Donuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Alan Melancon . . . . .New Orleans, Louisiana Steve D. Murphy . . . . . .Indianapolis, Indiana About the cover... Don Trejbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Akron, Ohio Law enforcement’s first purpose-built Salvatore Valvo . . . . . .Lancaster, New York vehicle, the E7, will Legal Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . .E. Davis Coots debut in 2012. It is currently on tour John D. Hoover around the country. Michael B. Murphy The E7 will soon Donald J. Pistillo be bringing jobs to Indiana and comfort Lawrence W. Schmits and ease to its future Actuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Griffith occupants—in the front seats, anyway. Griffith, Ballard and Company © 2001 Police and Firemen’s Insurance Association Summer 2010 • The PFIA Protector 1
  • 3. T The Carbon Council he Carbon Motors E7 prototype Based on the myriad responses, the is turning the car manufacturing Carbon Motors team knew that the Stephens immediately developed a tradition of modifying a retail pas- industry on its ear. This is the web site where law enforcement offi- senger car into a service car would not first, and only, vehicle “purpose-built” cers from all over the U.S. could offer cut it. They decided to develop an all- for law enforcement. What is “purpose- suggestions for their ideal cruiser. new, never-seen-before, modern law built,” you ask? It quite simply means Contributors from the web community that these cars will be built exclusively enforcement vehicle. were called the “Carbon Council.” with a particular purpose in mind. The Fuel Efficiency Eventually, the web site www.carbon- new E7 will be manufactured from the motors.com expanded to give updates ground up with the sole goal of meeting The engineers knew a hybrid or on the company’s progress and to all the needs of its users—law enforce- electric engine could not meet the display design ideas for the vehicle ment officers. demands to be placed on the vehicle. that was to become the ‘E7,’ a tempo- BMW got on board with Carbon A Modest Beginning rary code name for the project until Motors to produce a 3.0 liter “clean” law enforcement provides the official When Stacy Dean Stephens was still diesel engine. The 300 horsepower nameplate. a patrol officer in Dallas, Texas, he engine can accelerate the E7 from 0 began to wonder why the fire depart- More than 3,500 law enforcement to 60 in less than 6.5 seconds and ment and the military had special professionals, representing local, state reach a top speed of 155 mph! A vehicles designed for their profession, and federal departments from all big advantage to the diesel engine is while his did not. After three years 50 states, weighed in on the ground that it is more efficient in idle mode of seeing fellow officers who were breaking site. Changes to the car’s than engines using unleaded gas. seriously injured or killed in car acci- interior dimensions, overall perfor- Departments purchasing the E7 can dents, Stephens decided it was high mance, durability (despite the extreme expect to see a 40% improvement in time to turn his ideas into a reality. demands of police use) and fuel effi- fuel economy over their current fleet He earnestly began to solicit his idea ciency were the most basic requests. vehicles. This results in a savings in for a specially designed patrol car Other’s indicated a desire to see more taxpayer dollars as well. to auto execs across the country. He safety features, inside and outside the Did you know... there are over 19,000 finally found a former Ford executive cruiser. More elaborate suggestions law enforcement agencies in the U.S. who was willing to listen. William encompassed the integration of all the with a combined total of over 425,000 Santana Li liked Stephens’ idea and newest technologies currently avail- vehicles? These vehicles average only 8- was up for the challenge of chang- able in the fight against crime and 14 miles per gallon and can sometimes ing the car industry. Now Stacy Dean terrorism. Lee Hamilton, a former U.S. drive up to 90,000 miles a year. With Stephens is co-founder and Director House member from Indiana and vice this size fleet, it is estimated that law chairman of the 9/11 commission, of Communications for Carbon enforcement in the United States burns advocated sensors to detect biological/ Motors, and William Santana Li is through 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline chemical weapons and radioactive currently the Chairman and CEO. The annually and emits over 14 million materials from inside the car. Oh, and tragic events of 9-11 in 2001 acted as tons of carbon dioxide into the atmo- it could not cost more than the fully a catalyst, and the fledgling company sphere per year. Taxpayers are shelling outfitted fleet vehicles currently in use quickly amassed a team of engineers out over $4 billion each year for fuel by police agencies. Tough demands, and auto manufacturing experts to expenditures alone—a number that indeed. develop a homeland security style only increases as the cost of fuel rises. vehicle. 4 The PFIA Protector • www.pfia1913.org
  • 4. LED into 24 flush-mounted groupings, 360 degrees around the vehicle. An LED spotlight, operated by joystick, The back doors open “coach-style” to make it easier to has been moved from the driver’s side place suspects in the vehicle, while also making door to prevent officers from hitting it harder for those very their heads on the cumbersome same suspects handles—an added safety to escape. measure in the event of a collision. * An infared camera built Two cameras positioned at license plate level The chassis’ frame will be constructed of extruded and into the front of the vehi- automatically take photos and compare plate hydroformed aluminum, more similar to the frame of cle transfers images of numbers against a national database. The digital a race car than a traditional passenger vehicle. It’s so people or animals at night system can process 1,500 plates per minute, strong, the rear of the vehicle can absorb a 75 mph onto a console for easy retrieving alerts on ‘wants and warrants,’ such impact! In addition, the body panels will be made of monitoring. as: auto thefts, unpaid citations and Amber alerts. thermoformed plastic, with the colors molded right in! High-Tech Interior Console: The integrated Front Compartment: The front seats are Rear Compartment: The entire transport LED lights, sirens, public address system, designed to accommodate utility belts and hol- compartment is a solid unit, including the safety etc... can be controlled by buttons, touch sters, and reinforced with a Kevlar-like material divider. The seatbelts snap into place so officers screen or voice command. A small printer has along those areas to reduce wear-and-tear. A do not have to lean over detainees, and the also been built into the console to produce vent in the driver’s side headrest also delivers seats are constructed out of a durable molded computer-generated citations. Plus, the cup warm or cool air to the back of the driver’s neck. plastic to facilitate easy cleanup. In addition, holders can be temperature controlled! video monitors record the activities and conver- sations made in the back seat. Continued on page 21 Summer 2010 • The PFIA Protector 5
  • 5. Continued from page 5 “Our country builds purpose-built vehicles to put out fires, go into battle, clean our streets, collect our trash and deliver our mail. Why not a purpose-built vehicle, then, for patrolling our roadways, protecting our communities, and securing our homeland?” —Stacy Dean Stephens Home Sweet Home By bringing the E7 to Indiana, Carbon and other designs directly into the Motors will be creating 1,550 new thermoformed plastic body panels. Carbon Motors Corporation started jobs for the largely unemployed popu- By eliminating the painting pro- up in California, but finally chose lace in the surrounding county. Not cess, the release of Volatile Organic Indiana as its permanent headquar- to mention an additional 500 jobs Compounds (VOCs) normally associ- ters. In the process of looking for a opening up for Tier 1 suppliers who ated with the paints and solvents used “home”, the Carbon management will share the facility, and 8,000 indi- are also eliminated. team came up with a list of over rect jobs throughout the state due to 400 criteria to be considered in find- In addition, the plastic body parts will increased demand for products and ing the “perfect” location. High on be constructed of recycled materials. services from Carbon’s facility. In fact, that list was the goal of creating new Carbon Motors also intends to re-use Chairman and CEO William Santana jobs in this hard-pressed economy. vehicles (to be offered as certified Li anticipates sourcing 70% of the car Another was in keeping with the used), re-use parts from dismantled domestically, mostly from Indiana. company’s “green” policies— retrofit- E7s, and recycle approximately 95% of ting an existing manufacturing facil- A Green Machine their cars at their “end-of-life” point. ity to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Assuming ownership of the Progress & Pricing Environmental Design) certification. Connersville site also requires Carbon As of May 2010, Carbon Motors had Connersville, Indiana seemed to best Motors to attend to the remediation surpassed 14,000 reservations for fit the bill. Connersville has been of trichloroethylene (TCE) water con- the new E7, which has been on tour home to at least seven automakers tamination resulting from the original across the nation since 2008, wowing of yesteryear—Auburn, Ansted, Cord, usage of industrial solvents in the departments with its distinctive design. Duesenberg, Empire, Lexington and facility—to the tune of $4 million! Carbon Motors counts reservations McFarlan. Carbon Motors plans to Above and beyond that, the company from over 400 law enforcement agen- convert an old manufacturing plant is planning to lower the risks of envi- cies, representing each functional area that was built there in 1954. Most ronmental contamination from their of law enforcement in 48 out of 50 recently, the factory produced heating plant by cutting out a traditional step states. There have even been requests and cooling systems for Ford until of auto manufacturing—the paint- from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, 2007, when they were forced to close ing. The use of a co-molded, colored Libya, South Africa, and Ukraine (to their doors and lay off their entire film in their unique manufacturing name a few). At this rate, the corpora- work force. process will integrate colors, letters tion fully expects to be sold out well in advance of the first E7 rolling off the assembly line in 2012. Although Carbon has not yet announced formal pricing, standard police cars today are priced on average from the mid-$40,000 to the low- $60,000 range and Carbon Motors says that a turn-key E7 will be very competitive. Cruisers loaded with extra options, such as the radiation and biological threat detectors, will be sig- nificantly more expensive, of course. Clockwise (from front to back) Chairman and CEO William Santana Li, Co-founder Stacy Dean Stephens, Executive VP and Chief Development Officer Trevor J. Rudderham, Executive VP and Chief Production Officer Alan J. Bratt, Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer Keith R. Marchiando, Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer Andrew B. Savarie, Finance Manager Peter T Bartlett and Director Product Planning William F McAtamney. 20 The PFIA Protector • www.pfia1913.org
  • 6. The E7 prototype sits in front of the Carbon Campus in Connersville, Indiana. When finished, Carbon Motors’ executive offices, research and develop- ment teams, assembly line, service center and sales department will all exist on this one site. The initial cost of the vehicle might ing prowess back home to the country Thank you to Stacy Dean Stephens for grant- seem much higher in comparison to that invented cars. PFIA is happy to ing me an interview and allowing me to purchasing a traditional fleet vehicle, see a like-minded organization, reprint information and photos from the but when you factor in the amount “vehicles designed by law enforce- Carbon Motors web site: carbonmotors.com. it costs to outfit a retail car (such as a ment, exclusively for law enforce- Crown Victoria) to law enforcement ment.” We also hope that prosperity Below: The E7 prototype garners lots of atten- standards, and again, what it costs to finds its way to our neighbors south- tion with its flashing integrated lights in Detroit, remove all that equipment at the end east of Indianapolis, in Connersville. Michigan at one stop on its Pure Justice Tour. of its service life, the savings really start to show. Furthermore, once you consider that the life expectancy of the entire E7 is envisioned to be twice as long as a standard retail car under law enforcement usage patterns, it makes even more sense to invest in a Carbon Motors vehicle. Then, when you look at the savings in fuel consumption, you might just quit your job in law enforcement and join their sales team. And truly, how can you put a price on the one-of-a-kind safety features inte- grated into this vehicle, which may yield an untallied return on invest- ment of saved lives. Overall, it sounds like the Carbon Council has come up with a winner, and that Carbon Motors is building more than a car. They are building a better future. We hope that Carbon Motors is successful in their endeavor to bring America’s auto manufactur- Summer 2010 • The PFIA Protector 21