Fighting crime, going green

Forty Nissan Altima hybrids are the first alternative fuel vehicles tobe used as marked and unmarked patrol cars in the New York PoliceDepartment’s fleet.

Forty Nissan Altima hybrids are the first alternative fuel vehicles to be used as marked and unmarked patrol cars in the New York Police Department’s fleet.

The Altima hybrids have been assigned to areas of the city where their fuel efficiency presents the greatest economic and environmental benefit — both in precincts with a large coverage area and smaller precincts prone to heavy stop-and-go traffic.

The 40 hybrid vehicles, 18 marked and 22 unmarked, will be used in patrol precincts and other units in all five boroughs.

“These new patrol cars will help fulfill the goal of reducing City government’s carbon footprint,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Through savings in fuel, these Altimas can quickly cover their additional cost, from then they will save taxpayers money.”

While the Altima hybrids are the first alternate fuel vehicles to be used as regular police cars, the NYPD already uses hybrid vehicles in its parking enforcement fleet as well as electric scooters.

 
 
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