New York, New York – The New York Police Department (NYPD) has deployed 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids as the first alternative fuel vehicles to be used as marked and unmarked patrol cars in the department’s fleet.

The cars have been assigned to areas of the city where their fuel efficiency presents the greatest economic and environmental benefit, including precincts with a large coverage area, and smaller ones prone to heavy stop-and-go traffic. The fleet consists of 18 marked and 22 unmarked cars.

“These new patrol cars will helpfulfill the PlaNYC goal of reducing city government’s carbon footprint,” said New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Through savings in fuel, these Altimas can quickly cover their additional cost. From then, they will save taxpayers’ money, another example of how going green is good for our environment and our pocketbooks.”

While the Nissan hybrids are the first alternative fuel vehicles to be used as regular police cars, the NYPD already uses hybrid vehicles in its parking enforcement fleet, along with electric scooters. The department also has ten GMC Yukon Hybrid SUVs employed by Duty Captains for marked patrol, and T-3 personal movers for city parks, stadiums and beaches.

The NYPD also uses the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Crown Victoria for patrol, as well as Dodge Chargers used mainly for highway patrol. After a year of monitoring vehicle performance, the department will determine whether to expand its purchase of Altima Hybrids into the fleet.

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