With Ford eliminating the manufacturing of the Crown Victoria, the City of Columbus, Ohio’s Police Department began advocating for SUV’s (namely, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility) as a replacement to their primary policing vehicle. Before the elimination of the Crown Victoria, SUV’s were not purchasable by anyone within the Columbus Police Department, due to an overwhelming concern for fuel efficiency. After this change, the need for larger vehicles became apparent, and the decision to switch to the Interceptor Utility made.
Being a No. 1 Green Fleet in 2011 and now realizing the need for larger SUV’s, Columbus Police Department began installing the GRIP Idle Management System on 90 of its police cruisers.
With the GRIP System controlling his fleet’s engine idling, Fleet Administrator Kelly Reagan expects a full return on the initial investment in less than a year. Better yet, with projected annual fuel cost savings of approximately $3500 per vehicle, and the GRIP System installed on all 339 police cruisers, the estimated yearly savings equate to $1.2 million across the entire Columbus Police Department fleet.
These significant savings do not factor in some of the most important and crucial elements that the GRIP Idle Management System offers, which includes:
- extending vehicle life by reducing unnecessary wear and tear;
- reduced maintenance costs due to decreased wear and tear;
- vehicle spending less time in the shop and more time in use;
- drastically reducing harmful CO2 emissions;
- increased operator safety, security, and vehicle function;
- ability to reuse the GRIP system when a new vehicle replaces an old one
“We anticipate that once a patrol unit exceeds its useful life using the anti-idle technology, that we will transfer the technology to the new replacement patrol vehicle. GRIP offers a reconditioning program that allows the fleet division to reuse the technology on new replacement units for about one-third the cost of a new system,” Reagan said.
The GRIP Idle Management System has been happily adopted and advocated by the Columbus Police Department’s officers, noting the improvement in their carbon footprint, increase in safety and security, and the communal effort to drastically reduce departmental costs.
“The addition of the anti-idle technology will maintain essential systems on the vehicle while, all the time saving fuel for the division and keeping our officers safe. We think it is important to demonstrate our desire to be efficient with our fleet and respectful of the money it takes to operate our fleet of vehicles.” says Police Chief, Kim Jacobs.
For more information regarding the Columbus Police Department’s idle-reduction cost savings, check out this Government Fleet article.
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