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Carmel's first battery-powered police car hits the streets

And more are on the way
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Posted at 6:43 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 18:44:44-04

CARMEL — Yes, that really is a battery-powered police car on the streets of Carmel.

And as the year goes on, you'll be seeing more of them. A total of 41.

The first of the Carmel Police Department's 2020 Ford Hybrid All-Wheel Drive Police Interceptor SUVs is on patrol.

It operates on battery power, using its gasoline engine to charge the batteries.

According to the police department, hybrid technology has improved to allow better performance than previous gasoline-powered police vehicles, at the same time improving fuel economy and reducing pollution.

As Carmel replaces its older police cars, it will add 40 more of the hybrids.