The Austin, Texas Police Department hopes to cut its footprint and save money as it begins to shift its fleet to hybrids. The first vehicle they have purchased is a 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Hybrid, according to a report from the Austin Daily Herald.
The vehicle gives the department the opportunity to save $8,000 to $9,000 over the life of the vehicle, according to Chad Norman, the department's fleet manager. The hybrid cost $39,470, which is $3,500 more than previous vehicles purchased; however, Norman says the department will make it up in fuel savings and the trade-in value will be higher.
When the move to the new cars is completed, all patrol cars in the 19-vehicle fleet will be replaced.