Should you ever find yourself being pursued by the NYPD, now you can rest assured that the carbon footprint of your chase around the city will be just a little bit greener. As part of New York’s efforts to go green, the NYPD is rolling out 40 2009 Nissan Altima Hybrids for use during regular patrol. The vehicles get around 35 miles per gallon, which is about twice of the range of the current fleet of Chevy Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias.

It’s hard to imagine a more demanding role for a vehicle than running the daily rounds of a NYPD patrol car. The vehicles have to be in operation pretty much all day long while enduring harsh driving conditions and multiple drivers. Since patrol cars log so many hours, the switch to energy-efficient hybrids stands to make a significant dent in the NYPD‘s carbon footprint.

The city will spend around 1.1 million dollars acquiring the vehicles, and 18 of the vehicles will be regular patrol cars, while the rest will be unmarked. The hybrids have a top speed of 116mph and are capable of cruising along at speeds under 40mph without consuming a drop of gas, which makes them ideal for inner-city driving conditions. The cars will be in operation within the next week.



First photo by Mannequin. Second photo by Chris McSweeny