Police cars of the future set for special eco roadtest

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TWO state of the art eco-friendly cars are being tested out by Sussex Police.

A Vauxhall Ampera Hybrid car will be test driven by Surrey and Sussex Police Driving School for four weeks and a Hyundai ix35 Hydrogen will also be tested by the team for one day.

Dennis Ord from the Joint Transport Service who sourced the vehicle for the driving school said: “We are looking to future proof our fleet of cars and reduce our carbon footprint.

“Over the last 10 years we have been replacing our cars with more fuel efficient vehicles.

“Around 70 per cent of our fleet are now fuel saving diesel vehicles. We are now looking at the next step by looking at low emission vehicles, such as electric, hybrids and hydrogen which could be used on a daily basis. This is the first time we have looked at these type of cars.”

Police & crime commissioner, Katy Bourne, has welcomed the move to explore a greener option for its fleet. She said: “I am pleased to see Sussex Police looking for more innovative ways of supporting operational requirements. The use of hybrid vehicles would not only help the Force cut its fuel costs but also reduce its environmental impact.”