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Philly Purchases Plug-in Hybrids for Police

October 03, 2016

Mayor Jim Kenney is pictured at a news conference wih one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles. Photo courtesy of City of Philadelphia
Mayor Jim Kenney is pictured at a news conference wih one of the plug-in hybrid vehicles. Photo courtesy of City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia, Pa., is adding plug-in hybrid vehicles to its Police Department for community outreach. By January, the city will have 17 plug-in hybrids in use across multiple departments.

At a press conference, the city displayed Ford Fusion Energi vehicles — standard gasoline hybrids with plug-in capability. On a full charge they will travel 22 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in, and they can get up to the equivalent of 97 miles per gallon, according to the city.

Four Ford Fusion Energi vehicles are now on order for the Police Department and eventually each district will be assigned one, to be used as a community relations vehicle.  The city currently has three plug-in hybrids used by other departments. By January, it expects to have 17 plug-in hybrids in use, including a total of eight for Police and four for Streets for use in their Sanitation Enforcement Division.

The lifecycle of these vehicles is eight to 10 years. “It would most likely take that long to break even at current fuel cost above the cost of a standard vehicle.  Nonetheless, the city considers these vehicles essential as we move to a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly fleet,” Mike Dunn, deputy communications director, stated via e-mail.

The city’s other fleet greening efforts include 200 standard hybrid vehicles. It has electric Zambonis in Parks & Rec, electric motorcycles in the Fire Department, and will be ordering waste haulers that run on compressed natural gas.

The city has reduced the total amount of vehicles in its fleet by 542 since 2003, replacing many vehicles with car share accounts. Fleet also has been using biodiesel in various blends for several years and has placed exhaust after-treatment filters on all older diesel-powered vehicles.


  1. 1. Richard LeFrancois [ October 05, 2016 @ 12:52PM ]

    According to The National Mining Association 165 lbs. = Amount of Copper in electric vehicles, three times as much as a gasoline powered car.

    If you do your homework regarding hybrid vehicles or any of the other so called "green" solutions to reduce our dependence on coal or oil you will find that these solutions do not ever reflect the "total cost" of the solution.

    A fact: 90% = Amount today's power plants have reduced pollutants (SO2, NOx, particulates and mercury) compared with plants they replace from the 1970's, while coal use has increased.

    A fact: 20 = The number of new, lower cost, more efficient and environmentally compatible technologies for electric utilities, steel mills, cement plants and other industrial products made possible through the clean coal technology.

    And for you environmentalists feeling good about 17 plug-in vehicles remember this: 66 = Number of minerals used in the average computer. Perhaps you should ask Ford how many computers run that Ford Fusion plug-in. Where do you think those minerals come from...thin air?

    Obama and the environmentalists put over 33,000+ coal workers out of work in Appalachia so we can feel good about 17 vehicles that when the Total Cost of Production (TCP) is factored in it isn't a good deal at all, especially when you have Mike Dunn, the deputy communications director for the city admitting there is no ROI for the taxpayer in this deal!!!!

    Great job Mike.


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