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Published on May 3rd, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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New York City Gets Hybrid Police Cars

Photo via Newsday

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NYPD’s Blue just got a little greener by adding 40 new Nissan Altima Hybrids to their fleet.

Announced by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the Altimas are the first set of of alternative-fuel patrol cars to help with the goals set by PlaNYC. Announced back in 2006, PlaNYC aims to reduce Manhattan’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30% come 2017.

“These new patrol cars will help fulfill the PlaNYC goal of reducing City government’s carbon footprint,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

The hybrids will be divvied amongst precincts with large coverage areas and smaller precincts prone to heavy stop-n-go traffic: essentially where their fuel efficiency provides the greatest economic and environmental impact.

Of the forty cars, 18 of them are marked and 22 are unmarked. And while the Altimas are the first alternative-fuel vehicles used for police cars, they account for only 40 out of the 100 or more hybrids the Department plans to deploy this year.

Currently there are 3,300 hybrids among a fleet of 26,000 city-owned vehicles. But most hybrids are assigned to sanitation, buildings, parks and transportation.

“The NYPD embraces innovation when it doesn’t compromise performance or safety to our personnel and the public,” said Commissioner Kelly. “We want to get the most mileage out of technology where it makes sense – with the addition of these hybrids, we’re doing that literally.”

The Alitmas cost $25,391 per vehicle.  Where an Impala is $23,967 and it’s $24,875 for the Crown Victorias. But for city driving, the Altima gets double the gas mileage of the others.

Also the Altimas has greater acceleration – zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds!

“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,” Bloomberg said.

Nissan Altima hybrids are American-made unlike the Canadian-produced Crown Victorias and Chevy Impalas that comprise most of the fleet. And am I the only person who sees the irony in that?

“It is an added benefit that buying these cars helps create jobs in America,” Bloomberg said.

The Department will monitor their performance over the coming year to determine if they should be further expanded into the fleet.

Source [NYPD] | Photo [Newsday and NYC.gov]

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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • http://greenairradio.com Greenpointer

    Now if we can just get them to stop idling with the ACs blasting.

  • http://www.jcgworldwideenterprises.com Greenist

    Excellent Article. It is nice to see the Big Apple taking its turn at being more Green.

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  • Panola

    Japanese Nissan Altima Hybrids???? How about helping out the homeland with Ford or GM hybrids.

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    Fleet purchases can have a major impact on expanding the use of hybrid vehicles, not only because of the volumes involved, but more of the thousands who see them on city streets are more likely to buy one themselves due to perceived acceptance.

  • http://paul@local137.com Paul Collins Jr

    GM files for bankruptcy, the American taxpayer ownes 60% of GM, and these clowns take our city tax dollars and spend it putting GM out of business. Nissan is not made in the USA and does not create any work here, Bloomberg and Kelly must be proud of what they accoplished, more unemployment.

  • pariah

    These pictures have clearly been photoshopped. Note that the contrast and brightness have been markedly adjusted.

  • Leon

    The Altima Hybrid is built at a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. I'm reasonably sure that's in the US.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405408969 Kishan

      Of crosue, this car requires premium to run its best. All cars want premium gas to run as it should with the full potential of it’s established horsepower and torque. But, cars today dont NEED premium gas if ur taking a ride to get groceries or driving your kids to school. There is something called a knock sensor. Of crosue, premium is better but in many cases not needed. Look up the knock sensor and fill up the morning because you’ll get more for your money because of its density.

  • Rom

    Altimas are made in Tennesse. Camry's are made in Kentucky. Tundras and Sequoias are make in Texas. Crown Vics and Impalas are made in Canada, so Ford and Chevy can go eat it until they break those jobs back to the United States, I don't care who the corporate earnings are going, I care about where the jobs are at. GM deserves to be bankrupt.

  • http://na David

    What is the lifespan of the batteries and how much do they cost to replace????????

    • http://Web James

      national waranty on battery is 100k or 7 years in ca it 150 or 10 years the battery can be rebuilt at the tune af about 2800.00 full replacement is around 4900.00 the bigger question is what are you going to do with the battery after its usefull life, Junk yard??? Landfill maybe??? we need to create jobs that recycle things like that. Just sayin>>>>>

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