Indianapolis Police Use Hybrid Cars
According to Indistar.com, eighty-five Toyota Camry hybrids were bought after the request of the Indianapolis city hall in an effort to fuel consumption and pollution. This is the first purchase of hybrid vehicles that the city makes, but the officials promised things will change in this regard.
The police will use these cars in a pilot program, but unfortunately for the robbers these cars will not be used as pursuit vehicles. Each Camry is manufactured in Kentucky, averages 33 miles per gallon and costs $25,770.
Not everyone is happy with the mayor's decision, because Chevrolet protested the decision to buy a competitor's vehicle. In a letter sent to the city by a company official called Michael Chaney, he complains that the dealer offered them Malibu hybrids for $1,700 less per vehicle than Toyota and it didn't win the auction.
Considering the fact that the difference in the total money spent is $148,000, the Chevrolet official asked for an investigation to be done.
The City Council sated that the decision was based on the Camry's beter fuel economy. The Chevrolet Malibu has an average of 26mpg in the city, where as the Toyota 33mpg.
"When you do the calculations, it pays for itself within five years," said City Controller David Reynolds. "We'll own them for seven or eight years."
The Toyota Camry Hybrid uses a four cylinder gasoline engine with 147hp and 650V electric motors with a NiMH 245V traction battery with a maximum output of 29 kW (40 hp).
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