Posted Dec 18th 2012 4:31PM
Carbon Motors couldn't have picked a better time to get into the police car business with the departure of the Ford Crown Victoria leaving the market wide open, but with its purpose-built E7 police sedan still a few more years away from production, the Indiana-based company decided to launch another vehicle for first responders. There was a big demand to get something out quick, and that something is the TX7. Designed to be more of a multipurpose vehicle, the TX7 is able to fill many roles making it a more practical expense for police agencies.
Unlike the E7, the TX7 is based on an existing powertrain and chassis, which allowed Carbon to develop the truck in less than eight months, but the company has not yet announced where it got these components from. What we do know is that a diesel V8 producing at least 300 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque is under the hood, and it is paired to a four-wheel-drive system and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Referred to as a "multi mission vehicle," the TX7 is designed to be more practical than a standard SUV police vehicle while costing hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a full assault-type SWAT truck. Carbon spokesman Stacy Dean Stephens said that most specialised police vehicles, like SWAT trucks, are not used on a frequent basis, but the TX7's 10-passenger capacity makes it a versatile vehicle for first responders.
"Command post vehicles and SWAT trucks can sit around unused for most of the year," Stephens said. "The TX7 can perform many different tasks while costing far less... including being a command post following natural disasters or acting as a prisoner transport."
The TX7 is not available with the heavier armour meaning it won't be able to be used in all extreme situations, but Stephens also said it's a much less imposing vehicle than a SWAT vehicle, which he says can "scare the community."
The Carbon TX7 is priced at US$149,950, and with deliveries taking place during the second half of next year. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Carbon Motors Begins Taking Orders Globally for 2013 Carbon TX7
Breakthrough Multi Mission Vehicle Drives Company Forward
December 17, 2012
INDIANA - In a bold strategic move forward, Carbon Motors announced today that it will begin taking orders for the Carbon TX7 – a breakthrough, Multi Mission Vehicle (MMV) offering integrated incident command, surveillance, prisoner transport and personnel carrying capabilities in an innovative and flexible package not available in the marketplace today (photos here). Production is slated to begin in late 2013 ahead of full-scale production of the Carbon E7.
The TX7 is powered by a V-8 clean diesel engine and 6-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels in 4×4 configuration with 10-person seating capability. For communities promoting an environmentally responsible approach, the Company is planning to offer a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powertrain as an option. Innovations in power management, including piloting of certain solar array technologies, are also planned.
Law enforcement agencies currently deploy a variety of singularly focused, specialty vehicles in situations such as disaster management, search and rescue, warrant service, perimeter security, etc. These vehicles can range in price from several hundred thousand dollars, up to $2 million and carry extremely high operating costs.
The TX7 is positioned to bridge the gap between patrol vehicles and these highly specialized vehicles with a starting price of only $149,950. Its diversity allows for a more affordable and flexible vehicle that is deployable more frequently and under a broader scope of scenarios reducing government expenditures. Infrared, thermal imaging and weapons of mass destruction sensors – chemical, biological and radiation – further enhance its mission readiness.
The lower price point makes it more accessible to smaller agencies that may not consider purchasing one of the more specialized, premium positioned carriers or coaches. In some cases, the TX7 will increase the market opportunity for joint jurisdiction purchases among smaller agencies.
For the 638 law enforcement agencies that have already placed 24,442 reservations for the purpose-built Carbon E7 Pursuit and Surveillance Vehicle (PSV), Carbon Motors will offer special TX7 pricing. Deliveries of the TX7 are planned to commence during the second half of 2013. Orders may be placed at www.carbonmotors.com by authorized law enforcement authorities globally.
"As we announced in March, we have committed to secure the financing for the Carbon E7 privately, and the Carbon TX7 is an integral strategic part of moving Carbon Motors from a start-up company to a full operating company ahead of producing the highly sought after Carbon E7. We are focused on our long-term mission of becoming the global authority on law enforcement technology with a portfolio of purpose-built vehicles," said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation.
First Pure Justice Tour Stop Outside of the USA to be in Dubai
The Company also announced today its first stop on the 2013 Pure Justice Tour. After completing 73 stops in 25 states, Carbon Motors will make its first stop outside of the USA at the Intersec Conference being held in Dubai during January 15 – 17, 2013. Over 35 countries have requested exports of the Company's products to date.
About Carbon Motors Corporation
Carbon Motors Corporation's long-term mission is to be the world leader in law enforcement vehicle technology by producing a portfolio of innovative purpose-built specialty vehicles for the global market. Learn more at www.carbonmotors.com.