Meter Readers Go with Ford Escape Hybrid

Maryville, Tennessee acquires its first hybrid-electric vehicle as part of effort to reduce ozone levels in area.

Published: 07-Feb-2005

The City of Maryville has purchased its first hybrid vehicle as part of a program to attain the Environmental Protection Agency standards for acceptable levels of ozone in the area.

After letting bids in early September, the City chose a fully hybrid 2005 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle for use by city electric department meter readers. The ``fully hybrid'' vehicle does not begin using the gas engine until the vehicle reaches 30 mph.

City Manager Gary Hensley said, ``Our meter readers travel slowly through neighborhoods so we will be able to take full advantage of the hybrid component of the vehicle. Our goal is to help decrease emissions along with our partners -- Blount County government and the City of Alcoa.''

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