There was lots of fanfare surrounding the unveiling of Carbon Motors’ E7 “purpose-built” police cruiser several years ago. The company said it would
revolutionize the market, essentially rendering the Dodge, Chevy, and especially Ford mainstays obsolete. Among the car’s more notable features were an
aluminum space-frame structure designed to survive a 75-mph rear impact; a BMW-supplied turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel that could develop 265 hp and propel
the cruiser to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, yet still get more than 30 mpg in the city; 360 degree surveillance capabilities; chemical warfare detection
technology; optional integrated ballistic protection (i.e., it was bullet-proof); and specialized red, blue, and white lights on the windscreen, bumper and
Bottom line: The E7 was prepared for anything. Well, except a crappy economy.
In a radical turn of events, Carbon Motors vacated its Connersville, Indiana factory space (they’ve even painted over the sign) and pulled the plug on its
website last week.
According to a report in the Indianapolis Business Journal, Carbon Motors lost out on a $310 million Department of Energy loan last year that it
desperately needed to help get E7 production off the ground. Though the company was seeking private funding for the project, it apparently was unable to do
so, despite having orders from over 600 police departments.