Blue Goes Green: Edison Police Use Hybrid Vehicles

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EDISON—As part of township efforts to save money and be environmentally friendly, the Edison Police Department has acquired hybrid vehicles for use in the detective bureau.

Police Director Brian Collier (left) leans on the back of a new Edison Police Honda Civic hybrid as Deputy Chief Tom Bryan stands in front of a police cruiser.

Police Director Brian Collier (left) leans on the back of a new Edison Police Honda Civic hybrid as Deputy Chief Tom Bryan stands in front of a police cruiser.

“This is another way we can continue to maintain services and at the same time reduce costs for taxpayers,” said Mayor Jun Choi.

After an analysis of the police fleet, it was found that larger engine first-responding vehicles were not necessary for secondary responders such as detectives. Detectives typically follow up emergency incidents with investigations. Working in cooperation with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and other police departments, detectives can often be on the road in their crime solving pursuits.

“These are a positive addition to the police department fleet. They get the job done and they do it in an economically and environmentally responsible way,” said Police Director Brian Collier.

The four 2009 Honda Civic hybrids, which are already on the road in Edison, were purchased at the lower 2008 price of $23,273 each. The cars receive 40 miles per gallon of gas in city driving and 45 miles per gallon on the highway.

A local business provided the cars as Open Road Honda of Edison was the lowest price in a public bid.

“We are proud to have Open Road Honda Civic hybrids serving Edison Township and the police department that will be utilizing them with the cars’ advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicle rating, these civic hybrids are better for the environment and more cost effective for the township to maintain. We are thrilled Open Road Honda won the public bid and has been able to provide the township with a cleaner, more cost effective vehicle solution. We look forward to seeing them on the road,” said W. Rodman Ryan, president and CEO of the Open Road Auto Group.

The four police department hybrids add to the 26 hybrids the township unveiled this summer. All of the Edison hybrids have replaced older, gas-guzzling vehicles that have been taken off the road.


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