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