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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

UK Police take delivery of first electric patrol car

Mitsubishi has delivered a Mitsubishi i-MiEV to Thames Valley Police, which is the lead authority for Chiltern Transport Consortium. Chiltern Transport Consortium provides a cross-border shared service, back office support function for the fleet requirements of Bedfordshire Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police.

Soul's Mitsubishi in Milton Keynes took delivery of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which features Thames Valley Police corporate livery and will be used for non-emergency duties around Milton Keynes.

Chiltern Transport Consortium's long term goal is to provide sustainable transport to police customers that meet operational requirements as well as having a minimal environmental impact.

Chiltern Transport's Fleet Manager, Dave McDonald said: "We believe this is not only necessary to protect future generations from the worst effects of global warming but also to protect the public purse from the inevitable and relentless rise in fuel prices in the coming years. On the principle that we are all in this together we will work with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to radically reduce and eventually eliminate our fleets' dependency on fossil fuels."

"The purchase of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV for use by Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes not only signals Chiltern Transport Consortium's commitment to this endeavour but also promotes electric vehicles as a viable option for other fleets and individuals."

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first electric vehicle to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, having been awarded four stars and and features safety systems which help prevent and reduce the effect of an impact.

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