Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly deployed 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids as the first alternative fuel vehicles to be used as marked and unmarked patrol cars in the Police Department's fleet.
The Altima Hybrids have been assigned to areas of the city where their fuel efficiency presents the greatest economic and environmental benefit - both in precincts with a large coverage area and smaller precincts prone to heavy stop-and-go traffic. The 40 hybrid vehicles, 18 marked and 22 unmarked, will be used in patrol precincts and other units in all five boroughs.
"The NYPD embraces innovation when it doesn't compromise performance or safety to our personnel and the public," said 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."
While the Altima hybrids are the first alternate fuel vehicles to be used as regular police cars, the NYPD already uses hybrid vehicles in its parking enforcement fleet, as well as electric scooters. The Police Department also has 10 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUVs employed by NYPD Duty Captains for marked patrol. Additionally, police officers utilize T-3 personal movers in city parks, stadiums and beaches. The Nissan Altima Hybrids account for 40 of over 100 total hybrid vehicles the Department is expected to deploy this year.
At $25,391 per vehicle, the Altima hybrids cost about $1,500 more than the conventional Impala. But at 35 miles per gallon for city driving, the hybrid Altima gets double the gas mileage of the Impala, which gets only 17 miles per gallon.