ANAHEIM, CA – Ford Motor Company’s 2008 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor will be offered as a flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV), allowing it to operate on E-85 ethanol or gasoline. Ford is the largest producer and seller of police vehicles with more than 80 percent of the market.

Government agencies that include FFV Police Interceptors on their annual Department of Energy plan can receive credits toward EPACT mandates, increasing their flexibility in vehicle fleet selection and purchases. Fleets can place orders immediately for the E85-powered CVPI, with vehicle production slated to begin in May.

Ford also announced today that it has achieved 50-state certification for all of the Ford and Mercury 2008 flexible-fuel passenger car models. Ford’s current lineup of FFVs includes the Ford F-150, Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis. Achieving 50-state certification means Ford’s flexible-fuel vehicles meet both emissions rules set by the federal government, as well as California.

In an effort to differentiate its flexible-fuel vehicles from standard gasoline vehicles, Ford will begin equipping the E-85 capable vehicles with yellow gas caps, beginning later this year. Ford has placed more than 2 million flexible-fuel vehicles on the road, and has pledged to make half of its production capable of running on alternative fuels by 2012, provided the necessary fuel and infrastructure are in place.