Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Approved Blue Light Converter Safeguard SVP division, based in Essex, UK, has unveiled its latest creation: a cell van.
Based on the a Trendline-trim Transporter, it features a two-person rear prison cell. An officer to accompany the detainees gets a separate space and seat and the door latch has been modified to prevent opening the doors from the inside.
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Aside from the redone interior, the van now features a full police livery, complete with emergency lights on the roof and in the grille, and a 100-watt siren. Power comes from the stock 2.0-liter diesel four that’s good for 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), enough, according to VW, to deliver a good balance of performance and fuel economy.
The Transporter prisoner van has already celebrated its public debut at the NAPFM Emergency Fleet Exhibition last week and joins two other vehicles converted by Volkswagen this year: the Crafter riot van and Caddy dog van.
Speaking about all three, VW Commercial Vehicles Sales Manager, Steven Cowell, said: “This has been a landmark year for our blue light conversions, with the cell van rounding out a trio of new products on the market. This vehicle offers police forces a practical, reliable and economical solution to prisoner transport and we expect it to be a big hit once it joins the fleet.”