At more than 40 miles to the gallon so far, Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Mangold said the Priuses get nearly four times better mileage than the 1994 Crown Victorias they replaced.
While stopped at a red light in one of the Evansville Fire Department's three Toyota Priuses, the hybrid sedan emits a faint click and the engine literally shuts off.
The resulting silence, which lasts only until acceleration effortlessly spurs the engine back online, is already translating into significant decreases in fuel costs and vehicle emissions, department officials said.
The Priuses, which the Fire Department purchased last month, use an internal computer to maximize mileage — switching between gas and battery power automatically as necessary.
Priced at $24,400 MSPR, the Altima Hybrid has been certified by the Internal Revenue Service as meeting the requirements for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, thereby qualifying for a tax credit of $2,350.
The Small Hybrid Sports Concept is a sports car that features advanced hybrid technology - proving stylish design and driving enjoyment can be combined with low environmental impact. It was designed by Honda R and D Europe, based in Offenbach, Germany.
A UK government challenge to produce a medium/small vehicle with CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km has seen engineering company Ricardo team up with PSA Peugeot Citroen and UK research group QinetiQ to develop an innovative diesel full-hybrid.