August 22, 2006

London police order 117 Honda Civic Hybrids

London, England – The London Metropolitan Police have ordered 117 Honda Civic Hybrids, the largest fleet purchase for hybrid cars in the U.K., according to the Green Car Congress. The police will use the hybrids for Community Support Officers to use as part of a Safer Neighbourhoods program.

The cars will not be used for patrol vehicles, which are primarily performance diesels. Previously the Metropolitan Police tried electric and liquid propane vehicles, but stopped due to impracticality and reduction in funding; however, the force plans to run four of 70 hydrogen-powered vehicles that will be introduced by the Greater London Authority. As well, the Toyota Lexus RX400h hybrid SUV is currently undergoing trials in the U.K. for full police duty, including patrol and emergency response.

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