New Jersey Community Eyes Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Combination of auto maker rebates to municipalities and fuel savings from gasoline-electric hybrids has Seaside Park taking a hard look at converting its fleet to alternative fuels

Published: 17-Jan-2005

IDE PARK -- With auto makers offering large rebates to municipalities, Borough Councilman Robert Martucci said Wednesday night that the borough will begin considering alternative fuel vehicles when it comes time for future purchases.

Alternative fuel vehicles operate mostly on nonpetroleum fuels. Martucci said the vehicles are not only better for the air and the environment, they could save a municipality thousands of dollars in fuel costs.

"The alternative fuel vehicles are most efficient at lower speeds -- and when you look at most municipal vehicles, they aren't going more than 30 miles per hour, especially in Seaside Park," Martucci said.

"If a vehicle travels 50,000 miles a year and gasoline is an average of $1.70 a gallon, the borough could save $5,500 in fuel alone."


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