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Hybrid Vehicles for Emergency Response Operations

Organization(s) Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Massachusetts agency responsible for making sure that the state's business and industry protect the environment is doing its part to help reduce air pollution. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) recently added five hybrid Ford Escapes to its emergency response vehicle fleet.

The hybrid drive system makes the Escape essentially an electric car with gasoline engine backup. In low-load situations such as stop-and-go city driving, the vehicle runs exclusively on electric power and is capable of achieving 40 miles per gallon and logging up to 500 miles between fill-ups.

In what may be the nation's first "build-out" of a compact, hybrid vehicle, MA DEP worked with aftermarket specialists to procure and install all of the "bells and whistles" required to conduct emergency response operations, including: light emitting diode (LED) light-bars; sirens and public address systems; push bumpers; front and rear hideaway strobe lights; hands-free cell phone/radio communication devices; GPS unit; and equipment drawers and compartments. The hybrid response vehicles are now in service in all regions of the state.

More Info www.mass.gov/dep/air/transport.htm
Project Contact
Name John Reinhardt
Phone 617-292-5667
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 1, Spring 2006 [PDF]


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