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Cities Use Hybrid Police Vehicles to Keep Both Streets and Skies Safe

May 14, 2009


New York City, Indianapolis and London are among cities adding hybrid vehicles to their police fleets.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) introduced 40 Nissan Altima hybrids to patrol the five boroughs in areas where their fuel efficiency will provide the greatest economic and environmental benefit. The NYPD will have a total of 100 hybrids in use by year’s end.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) plans to replace some of its older patrol cars with hybrid vehicles. Currently, over 40 percent of the department's 675 fleet vehicles have been driven more than 100,000 miles. IMPD currently has 58 Toyota Prius hybrid electric cars in use by administrative personnel.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London is evaluating alternative fuel vehicles like the electric Smartcar. MPS already has over 100 hybrid cars in use. Toyota Priuses are currently used by MPS for local patrol, transport duties and supporting Safer Neighborhood Teams. 

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