Tacoma PD buys 59 new hybrid patrol vehicles

Tacoma PD buys 59 new hybrid patrol vehicles
Tacoma police say the new hybrid vehicles can store more, carry more weight and go faster than the previous model. (Tacoma PD)

TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma Police Department bought 59 new hybrid patrol vehicles as it works toward transitioning its entire patrol fleet to hybrids over the next seven years.

The department said though the initial costs are a bit higher than traditional vehicles, the cost is recovered within 16 months by lower fuel costs and less maintenance, which continue for the life of the vehicle.

Tacoma PD says 32 of new vehicles will be on the road by the end of the month and all 59 will be in service by the end of June.

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The department plans to have all internal combustion engine Crown Victoria models off the road, except a few kept as pool cars, by 2023.

Within 7 years, its entire patrol fleet will be hybrid vehicles, which will save taxpayers money and leave a smaller carbon footprint, the department said.