NYPD Acquires Nissan Altima Hybrid Test Fleet
If you live in New York, now’s the time to shed any stereotypes you may have about drivers of hybrid vehicles – those drivers may end up saving your life (or giving you a speeding ticket.)
The New York Police Department is currently in the process of determining whether or not the Nissan Altima Hybrid (which uses Toyota hybrid technology) is suitable for police work. The pilot program, which will see 40 Altima Hybrids on the road in the next two weeks, has already cost the NYPD $1.1 million.
Although the NYPD currently uses some hybrids sedans and SUVs for parking enforcement and duty captains, hybrids have never been used on the beat.
“We won’t know whether they are suitable for wider use until they are subjected to the NYPD’s demanding environment, which includes 24-hour-a-day operation by multiple drivers,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
NYPD will have 18 marked and 20 unmarked hybrids, while the last two will be disguised as yellow cabs. Unmarked cars cost $25,595 each, the cabs cost $28,600 a piece and the marked cars cost $30,752 each. The cars have a top speed of 113 mph, and are equipped with built-in laptops.
Besides the obvious fuel efficiency advantage (the NYPD is banking on the Altima Hybrids returning 35 mpg), the NYPD also likes the back seat, which is increasingly tight for prisoners after the thick partition between the front and rear is installed.
We’ll be interested to learn what the NYPD’s results are at the end of their pilot. After all, we imagine the lucky officers who get upgraded from Dodge Chargers to Nissan Altima Hybrids are likely to have plenty of feedback when all is said and done.
Source: The New York Post