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Green Police Departments and Hybrid Police Cars

Posted by on Thursday, 20 May, 2010

After my trip to the Ventura Hall of Justice for jury duty, I noticed the improvements at the court house that improve its energy efficiency and reduce waste. Yesterday, when watching a police car drive down the street, I wondered, how are the police departments implementing environmental initiatives? Will we be seeing hybrid Crown Victorias on our streets soon?

The New York Police Department has now introduced a fleet of hybrid Nissan Altimas as patrol cars for its police force. As I mentioned earlier, the hybrid Altima is a midsize sedan, so it includes enough space to carry two officers and a K-9, or room to carry a captured suspect in the back. Since yesterday’s article was about why the 2010 Ford Fusion is a better buy than the 2010 Nissan Altima, I’d suggest that NYPD switches to Fusions from now on. Both of these vehicles are special hybrid versions of existing models. If Ford can make a hybrid Fusion they can certainly make a hybrid Crown Victoria. And the Crown Victoria does not get great gas mileage, according to Fuel Economy it has 16 city, 24 highway mileage, and the Hybrid Fusion has 36 city, 41 highway mileage.

Some other police departments are switching to hybrid vehicles, although NYPD is one of the largest departments so its selection has a larger impact. Hybrids are not as fast as standard cars, which is probably acceptable in an urban setting but would be a problem in a suburb or a rural area. The city of Takoma Park in Maryland has decided to purchase three of the new Ford Fusions to use as police interceptors. At $20,843 this is a significant discount over the retail price, as the police department buys in volume. The city of Pinecrest in Florida also purchased a Hybrid Fusion for its detective unit, for $24,947, still below MSRP of $27,950.

Nissan Altima Hybrid Versus Ford Fusion Hybrid

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

There are now several makes and models of hybrid cars to choose from. Most of them are compact cars and even some much smaller vehicles. What sets the Altima and Fusion hybrids apart is that they are midsize sedans, so they offer more luxurious seating and more space than the smaller hybrids. They don’t get the 40-50 mpg of some of the smaller vehicles, but they do offer the powerful engines and features comparable to other midsize sedans.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a version of the regular Ford Fusion. It gets better mileage than the Altima, with 41 highway and 36 city miles per gallon. The Ford website claims that this vehicle has a range of more than 700 miles, which is also significantly higher than most cars. Like other hybrids, this car has regenerative braking. It can also use the ethanol based flex fuel. MSRP is $27,950 without destination charges of $725, which is higher than the Altima at $26,780.

The Nissan Altima’s combined gas and electric system includes more horsepower, at 198 compared to the Ford Fusion’s 191. Of course, horsepower isn’t the main reason to buy a hybrid in the first place. The Altima’s gas mileage of 35 highway and 33 city miles is significantly lower, which also reduces the driving range. The Altima also suffers from an additional issue; it’s not available in all states, since it is being offered to increase the overall mileage of Nissan’s US vehicle fleet. It doesn’t appear to have any features that are better than the Ford Fusion as far as I can tell.