- The 2013 Carbon TX7 ups the ante when it comes to paddy wagons with its $149,950 sticker price.
- Carbon Motors calls it a "multi-mission vehicle" or MMV and says production will kick off in late 2013.
- The Carbon TX7 has green credentials and will come with an optional compressed natural gas powertrain.
CONNERSVILLE, Indiana — Carbon Motors, a startup company whose development was thrown into doubt last March when the U.S. Department of Energy denied its application for a $310 million loan, said it will build a $149,950 police vehicle dubbed the 2013 Carbon TX7.
The company announced that production of the Carbon TX7 will kick off in late 2013. It calls the futuristic-looking police cruiser a "multi-mission vehicle."
The four-wheel-drive TX7 offers "integrated incident command, surveillance, prisoner transport and personnel-carrying capabilities in an innovative and flexible package," the company said in a statement.
It is powered by a clean-diesel V8 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Carbon TX7 has green credentials and will come with an optional compressed natural gas powertrain. The vehicle includes infrared thermal imaging and weapons of mass destruction sensors.
The company said it has secured financing for its more modest Carbon E7, a standard police vehicle. Pricing was not announced on the E7. Carbon Motors said the Carbon TX7 "is an integral strategic part of moving Carbon Motors from a start-up company to a full operating company."
Carbon Motors wants to become a leader when it comes to purpose-built vehicles for law enforcement.
Edmunds says: Carbon Motors is still alive and kicking — and underscores the point with its Carbon TX7.