Washington Town Transitioning to All-EV Police Fleet
Oct. 18, 2021—A town in Washington has taken preliminary steps to transition its entire police fleet to hybrid and fully electric vehicles.
Police Chief Ted Boe of Burian, Wash., about 15 miles south of Seattle, earlier this month "initiated efforts with King County's fleet program" to focus on environmentally friendly vehicles, according to the B-Town Blog. Boe and city manager Brian Wilson reviewed a proposal and approved all future interceptors to be built on the Ford Hybrid platform.
“These efforts are consistent with Burien’s Climate Action Plan proposal currently under development and consideration,” Wilson said. “In addition to environmental benefits, maintenance and operations costs are anticipated to be reduced.”
EV police cruisers have gained popularity in the last few years, and Wilson said the city has received positive feedback from the department on both performance and comfort with the electric interceptors.