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Gets First Hybrid Vehicle- The 2008 Ford Escape will be used by the County's Health Department

(Woodbury) - The county has taken possession of their first alternative-fuel vehicle, a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene M. Reed announced today that the vehicle will be used by the County Health Departments Environmental Unit.

"We have been doing a lot of research on alternative fuel vehicles and we are really excited and optimistic that this will be the first of many," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. 

Sweeney said, "The Freeholders joined with the Sierra Club earlier in the year to target reducing greenhouse gases the county creates to lessen the impact of climate change in our region and ultimately in our world. Purchasing this vehicle is another step in that direction."

Freeholder Helene Reed, liaison to the Department of Health said that the County's Environmental Unit averages 10,000 miles a year on the vehicle they use for inspections. 

"Leading by example is the best way for the county to promote energy efficiency, said Freeholder Reed. "By 'going green' with this vehicle we hope to see improved gas mileage with and a reduction of emissions."

Reed said that the County's Health Department has 14 vehicles in its fleet and the vehicle that the new Ford Escape Hybrid will replace is a 1996 Ford Taurus with 138,000 miles. "Our inspectors use this vehicle daily to answer complaints, perform septic and well inspections and solid waste inspections," Reed stated.

The cost of the hybrid vehicle was $22,809.00 and was funded through the Solid Waste program revenue.

In total the county has 205 vehicles in its fleet and is considering purchasing additional hybrid vehicles as it retires older ones.