Ford confirms new hybrid Explorer for police; is this how SUV buyers will embrace hybrids?Police work may be ideal proving grounds to convince skeptical shoppers that hybrids can consistently perform when duty calls. Despite skepticism from some that electrification could add complexity and maintenance costs to large fleets, Ford confirmed Tuesday that its next-generation Police Interceptor Utility (based on the next-generation Explorer) will have a standard hybrid powertrain when it goes on sale next summer. Already this year, Ford confirmed that the Explorer—and all its new utility vehicles—would be available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or both as part of a wide-reaching announcement toward more electrified vehicles.