City Council recently approved the purchase of five new hybrid vehicles for the Novi Police Department.

City Council recently approved the purchase of five new hybrid vehicles for the Novi Police Department.

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Novi police to add 5 hybrid vehicles to fleet

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published October 30, 2021

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NOVI — The Novi Police Department will be adding five new hybrid vehicles to its fleet.

Since 2020, the department has been replacing its gas-powered vehicles with hybrid Ford Explorers. This will keep the department compliant with the city’s policy aimed at reducing emissions.

The department also has a policy to replace vehicles that have more than 100,000 miles on them. Once replaced, the vehicles are sold at auction through the Michigan Intergovernmental Trade Network.

Each hybrid vehicle costs $34,659, said Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier. This costs about $3,115 more than a gas-powered vehicle, but it will save the department about $6,227 in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle.

In addition, the hybrid vehicles are estimated to reduce carbon emissions by about 60,000 pounds, Meier said.

The purchase was approved by the Novi City Council at its Sept. 27 meeting.

“In the end, it’s a win-win because it not only saves the city money over the life of the vehicle, but it also reduces our environmental impact,” Meier said. “The officers like it, they like the vehicles, and we haven’t had any issues with them whatsoever.”

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