Aging Crown Vic Sedans Replaced with Hybrid Electrics,
‘Hybrid Law’ Video Shows How Skeptics Were Won Over:
‘Toyota Camry Hybrid Enforces More Law Per Gallon’
Toyota is talking up the deployment of Camry Hybrid sedans as police patrol cars in Arkadelphia, Ark., some 70 miles southwest of Little Rock. The automaker is spreading the word about a documentary video, Hybrid Law, showing how town skeptics, including Crown Victoria traditionalists, were won over.
At first, “I was dead set against it,” officer Don Cleek says in a Toyota release. “To me, a police car’s supposed to be rear wheel drive, V-8 and can go through ditches.” But hybrid proved themselves in service, Toyota says, “doing every bit as well on the job as the Crown Vics.
“What’s more,” the automaker adds, “they were getting about 27 mpg in all-city driving (compared to about 12 to 14 mpg on the Crown Vics) and thanks to the fuel savings and much lower maintenance costs, the city of Arkadelphia was saving itself about 3% of its annual budget.”
All-Hybrid Patrols This Year
Arkadelphia bought ten Toyota Hybrid Camry sedans as patrol vehicles in 2010 and in 2014 deployed six more, says Assistant Chief Jason “Shorty” Jackson. The town plans to buy three more this year, he told F&F, taking the Arkadelphia police patrol car fleet to 100% hybrid operation.
Vehicles are supplied by Landers Toyota in Little Rock.
Hybrid Law was made by Peter Byck, a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Byck has directed two award-winning documentaries: Carbon Nation, in 2011, winner of the IVCA Clarion Award, and Garbage, in 1996, winner of the Best Documentary award at the South By Southwest Film Festival.
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