County’s first hybrid hits the road |

County’s first hybrid hits the road

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government’s first gasoline- and electric-powered hybrid vehicle arrived Thursday from Denver.The Summit Stage will be the recipient of the Ford Escape hybrid, which wasn’t scheduled to arrive until May. The Escape is the first vehicle to combine an SUV’s capability with hybrid technology.”Transit’s a good place for the first one because eventually we’d like to get hybrid buses,” county manager Thad Noll said. “If that works well, we’re trying to go hybrid everything eventually.”Commissioner Bill Wallace drives a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid, which he bought in July 2003. He suggested hybrids for the county at the beginning of 2004. The new hybrid vehicle will save the county on cost, emissions and fuel consumption.Wallace said the hybrids are a good idea because the cars get great mileage in town. “The Cherokees (the county has) get 15 to 20 (miles per gallon) right now,” Wallace said. In town, Wallace’s car gets 43 to 45 miles per gallon. On a trip to Denver, it generally gets 40 to 41. The base price of the Ford Escape front-wheel drive is $26,970; the four-wheel drive is $28,595.

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