CBS2’s Andrea Grymes got a chance to check out the NYPD Highway Unit’s new hybrid SUV as seen in the video above.

Robert Martinez, deputy commissioner of the NYPD Support Services Bureau, says, “We got what I think is the ultimate police vehicle,” he said. “It gets great gas mileage. The maintenance is almost nothing on these vehicles.”

Of the NYPD’s 8,900 vehicles on the road:

  • 2,000 are hybrids
  • 30 are fully electric

The department is now adding 35 new Ford Explorers — five will go to the highway unit, 30 to patrol.

Martinez said the original goal was to have the entire NYPD fleet switched to hybrid by 2024, but, given the city’s current financial situation, it’s unclear when that goal will be met.

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