WASHINGTON - A new company planning to produce fuel-efficient police cruisers says it has chosen BMW AG to supply its engines.

Carbon Motors Corp. is developing the Carbon E7 squad car, which it says is the first vehicle specifically designed for police use.

The company, based in Connersville, Ind., said Monday that BMW will supply more than 240,000 diesel engines for the squad car, which includes bulletproof door and dash panels and radiation and biological threat detectors.

Carbon Motors CEO William Santana Li said the engine will provide more than 35 miles per gallon.

Carbon Motors is awaiting approval of a $310 million federal loan so it can begin production of the energy-efficient police car. Production is expected in 2013.<</p>

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