Carbon Motors' Failed Police Prototype Goes to Auction

November 18, 2013

Photo courtesy of Carbon Motors.
Photo courtesy of Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors will auction its working prototype high-tech patrol car to help pay off creditors of the failed venture.

Carbon Motors shut down its plant in Connorsville, Ind., in May, after the Obama administration denied the company a federal loan to produce its E7 patrol car.

Last week, the company received permission from a federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis to put the high-tech car up for auction. Late night talk show host Jay Leno has expressed interest in the vehicle, an attorney for the company told the Indianapolis Star.

The E7, which was designed by a one-time Dallas-Fort Worth police officer, came at an opportune moment, as Ford announced it was discontinuing the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The prototype offered upgrades from the CVPI that were mostly incorporated into the new generation of police vehicles from Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.


  1. 1. Steve Kibler [ November 22, 2013 @ 02:08PM ]

    There was/still is significant potential for this concept vehicle but taking a good idea and turning it into a nitch market leader is about as complex as predicting the next major earth quake in southern California. Of course everyone has their own opinion regarding Carbon Motors' endeavor but in my opinion, too many different "experts" created too much conflict in direction. Also, the necessary infrastructure needed to support and sustain this product for a decade or longer was probably the biggest contributor to its demise. I for one would not embrace it until it was a proven product but am still sorry it failed.


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