At POLICE, we were surprised by an article that appeared on the website of Government Fleet magazine, a sister publication. According to a news article, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department will be driving only alternative power-train vehicles by 2025.
That seems like a long way away, but really it's only 13 years from now. Yes, you read that correctly. Indianapolis officers won't be driving gasoline-powered patrol cars, if this goal is achieved.
Mayor Greg Ballard may be looking to score some PR points with environmental activists by switching to alternative vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and EVs, but he will also be hampering officers' ability to quickly end vehicle pursuits.
Initially, Ballard is only requiring non-police vehicles to follow his executive order. Of the 3,135 vehicles in the city's fleet, 470 are non-police sedans, 1,957 are police pursuit and other law enforcement vehicles, 121 are fire trucks, 387 are pick-up trucks and SUVs, and 200 are heavy-duty models.
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