Indianapolis Buys 50 Ford Fusion Energis For Police Duty (w/video)
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is a strong supporter of plug-in vehicles. We’d like to believe that his electric vehicle advocacy played some role in the decision by the Indianapolis police department to buy 50 Ford Fusion Energis,The plug-in Energis will be used by department administrators and detectives in the various police districts of Indianapolis.
Additionally, the city will install charging stations at police headquarters and others district sites to support the use of the plug-in Energis and other plug-in vehicles the government hopes to add to its fleet.
Dave Schwartz, deputy chief of Indianapolis’ Public Safety Center, had this to say of the Fusion Energis:
“[It gets] 88.2 miles per gallon.”
Schwartz loves the Fusion Energi, which he’s been driving since September. The last time he fueled it was mid-March. Since then, he’s clocked 1,6000 miles, yet there’s still a quarter tank of gas left.
Schwartz was sort of the beta tester for the Fusion Energi. The fact that it has saved the department on fuel led to the commitment to purchase 50 more. The Department of Public Safety calculates the annual fuel savings at $70,000 for the 50 Fusion Energis.
Most importantly for the department is that the Fusion Energis feels/operate no different from a normal ICE vehicle. As Schwartz states:
“It’s a good ride. I mean, it’s definitely quiet when it’s running electric. But I don’t think you’re going to notice the difference from driving a normal gas-powered vehicle.”
Source: The Indy Channel