Garfield County now owns 11 fuel–efficient hybrid vehicles to help fight rising gasoline prices. Officials plan to add five more a year and set a precedent for other cities and counties in the state.
Garfield County bought its first hybrid in 2002. Now, they own three Toyota Prius cars and eight Ford Escape S.U.V. hybrids.
Hybrid cars run off a rechargeable battery and gas, rather than just gas alone.
Garfield County Manager Ed Green says they have a fleet of 100 vehicles, and they plan to replace about 15 a year, 1/3 of them with hybrids. Green also says the fuel-efficient vehicles cut operating costs by 1/2.
The City of Grand Junction submitted a city conservation plan to the City Council, which suggests implementing hybrid vehicles. However, there is no word if or when the city will do so.
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