Operations in the Bloomington Police Department are getting greener after the City Council approved the purchase of four hybrid patrol vehicles in December. The vehicles will join BPDs fleet this summer.
“Not only will these hybrid vehicles reduce fuel costs for BPD, they will produce 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline-powered patrol vehicles,” Mayor Tim Busse said. “This effort aligns with the City’s Energy Action Plan goals, which outlines ways Bloomington can responsibly address climate change.”
The hybrid vehicle the City selected is the Ford Interceptor SUV hybrid, which is currently the only pursuit-rated hybrid on the market. Bloomington Fleet Manager Michael Keim said BPD is trying to reduce operational costs and that patrol cars are prime candidates for using hybrid vehicles due to their special operating conditions.
“The amount of electronics on the unit run down a standard battery very quickly so if they shut them off, they may not restart,” Keim said. “The hybrids have a much larger battery and automatically shut off and restart the engine as needed based on total battery charge.”
Driving gasoline-powered vehicles is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Bloomington. Climate change brings problematic weather trends to Bloomington, such as extreme rain events, warmer winters and an increased likelihood of extreme summer heat. Purchasing hybrid vehicles instead of standard internal combustion vehicles supports Minnesota GreenStep Cities best practices and aligns with the City’s 2017 commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.