M981 XPU This was the first electric police car to be seen in the UK. It is based on a Ford Escort van and is called a Ford Ecostar. It has a number of sponsors listed on the sides and is still owned by Hampshire Police. Ford made a number of these vehicles in the early 1990s which were easily identifiable by the small holes in the wheels and grille. The vehicles had a 15 seconds 0-60 mph time and a large hot sodium battery hidden beneath the cargo floor.