(Source: NYPD)
NYPD adds to its hybrid fleet with American-built Nissan Altima Hybrids

It's no secret that gasoline-electric hybrids tend to perform very well when it comes to fuel economy. Ford's midsize Fusion Hybrid is rated at 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway while Toyota's third-generation Prius is rated at a combined 50 mpg.

While American consumers have been snapping up hybrids for years now, the vehicles are also seeing heavy duty use as taxis across the United States and Canada. In fact, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has already stated that all yellow cabs will be hybrids by the year 2012.

Now it appears that the NYPD wants a larger piece of the hybrid pie with a new fleet of hybrid police cars. While many may have considered the Fusion Hybrid the perfect candidate for such an operation, the NYPD instead went with the Smyrna, Tennessee-built Nissan Altima Hybrid.

The NYPD will add a total of 40 Altima hybrids composed of 18 marked and 22 unmarked units. The Altima Hybrids will join the department's 10 GMC Yukon Hybrids.

"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," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"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," added Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

The NYPD expects to quickly recoup the added $1,500 expense of the Altima Hybrid over the standard Chevrolet Impalas that the department usually purchases -- the Altima Hybrid manages to achieve an impressive 34 mpg in the city while the Impalas can only manage 16 mpg.

Nissan licensed Toyota's hybrid technology to use in the Altima Hybrid.

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