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NYPD chooses Nissan Altima as first hybrid patrol car


40 of the hybrids will be delivered to police across New York City

40 of the hybrids will be delivered to police across New York City

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Government fleets have been among the first to go green in a big way, exceeded perhaps only by some private sector firms. The latest government agency to take up the environmental banner is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which today deployed 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids in its fleet.

The cars will include 18 marked vehicles and 22 unmarked. They will patrol and serve throughout the New York City area, both in larger, more open precincts and in some of the most congested urban precincts in the country.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was enthusiastic about the benefits of the hybrids, saying, “These new patrol cars will help fulfill the PlaNYC goal of reducing City government’s carbon footprint. 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.”

The NYPD has already used some hybrids among its parking enforcement fleet, but the Nissan Altima Hybrids are the first to be used as regular police cars. The Altima Hybrid was chosen because of its low cost and godo fuel performance - it costs just $1,500 more than a standard police-spec Chevrolet Impala and delivers 35mpg to the Impala's 16mpg.

After a year of in-fleet testing, the NYPD will evaluate whether they should add more to the fleet or search for a different solution.
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  1. Not cool. I rely on those unmistakable crown victoria signal markers and tail lights to know when to slow down.
     
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  2. If you live in NYC area crown victoria signal markers are things of past. I personally witnessed cops and hwy patrol to use unmarked camry, yellow taxi and bunch of other civilian cars. And yes, they stop you for braking traffic laws, they are not undercover detectives.

    And I bet hybrids are not designed to do 50K+ miles a year, don't tell me about saving my money.
     
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  3. This isn't 100% true. I have driven trough the Bronx and I've seen an NYPD Prius
     
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  4. This isn't 100% true. I have driven trough the Bronx and I've seen an NYPD Toyota Prius
     
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  5. dlb: if you read the story, it says these are teh first regular police car hybrids.

    they already use some for parking enforcement, which is what you saw.
     
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  6. Better stop speeding then
     
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  7. ivan.. i think if you talk to cops.. you'll find that no car is as rugged as the crown vic..

    lets really think about this.. ford stopped selling the crown to the public roughly 4 years ago.. and im pretty sure that even the lincoln and merc variants are only available in fleet sales as well. ford tried to stop making them but as soon as they announce theyre going to stop making it completely.. a bunch of new orders come in. they havent updated the platform in ages (and its already 30 years old) and they STILL are saying it will take another 2 years of production to fulfil all of those orders.

    on that basis alone, you have to realize that any new car simply is not designed to take the punishment that the cars in the 70's were designed to take. so why not save some costs while you're running around all day? something tells me those impalas, crowns, and chargers simply arent getting their rated FE.. especially in the charge of NYC cops.. but the altima should get significantly better mileage... especially in the congested areas.
     
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  8. Think they would use Ford Fusions or Malibus both are offered as hybrids.
     
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  9. to Chris
    Ford crown victorias only stopped selling publically 1 year ago in 2008, 4 years was way off...
     
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  10. I've been a cop for 35 years and the only cars today that can hold up longterm under real police patrol conditions are the police editions of the Crown Vic, the Impala and the Charger. An Altima (or for God's sake, a "Prius"?)is a joke as a cop car and would be reduced to scrap by 15,000 miles under real cop patrol conditions. But the Nancy-boy politicians and tree huggers want us to be "green", so we're stuck with girlcars sometimes.
     
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  11. If the (patrol) cars do not get you, the (secret) cameras will.
     
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