Police Look for More Fuel-Efficient Fleet
According to USA TODAY, the economic crisis and high gasprices have caused a growing number of law enforcement agencies across thecountry to exchange their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.
The New York City Police Department has about 100 hybridvehicles in its 5,800-vehicle fleet that includes Toyota Priuses as well ashybrid Honda Accords, GMC Yukons and Ford Escapes.
Seattlepolice now have 38 hybrids, including Toyota Highlanders, Ford Escapes andToyota Priuses. Other agencies are following in their footsteps, including theSt. Landry Parish Sheriff's Department in Louisianaand the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department in Pennsylvania.
The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor still holds 80percent of the law enforcement market. In an effort to keep this market, Fordplans to develop a car that offers better fuel economy. USA TODAY reports that Ford also has plansto update the Crown Victorias.