Police to get hybrid vehicles

New cars part of government’s green push

Hybrid Ford Fusion cars will be joining the RCIPS fleet.
Hybrid Ford Fusion cars will be joining the RCIPS fleet.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is adding two hybrid vehicles to its fleet.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the ministry is introducing hybrid vehicles to government fleets “as a part of its strategic objective to ‘Make Cayman Better.’

“It is projected the initiative will not only reduce the burden on the public purse, but also reduce the government’s carbon footprint, thus help to protect the environment,” the release stated.

As part of the pilot program of the environmentally friendly initiative, two hybrid Ford Fusions will be added to the police fleet within the next month.

Hybrid vehicles switch between an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

“The Ministry anticipates that the hybrid Ford Fusions will offer a useful compromise of the best of both electric and gasoline technology – electric motors create zero emissions and internal combustion engines provide the vehicle with adequate power,” according to the statement.

The cars can get 44 miles per gallon on city commutes compared to 22 miles per gallon on non-hybrid versions, the ministry stated.

Chief Officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs Eric Bush said, “Our priorities when selecting fleet vehicles has consistently been safety and performance. Now we are turning our attention to adding outstanding fuel economy to that mix.”

The ministry spent almost $680,000 in fuel in the last fiscal year.

“The introduction of the hybrid cars fits nicely with our plans to review the National Energy Policy with a view to reducing our carbon footprint,” said Minister of Environment Wayne Panton. “We will be able to monitor their performance and use that information to help create a more modern policy.”