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35 Milwaukee County cars now hybrids

Milwaukee County’s vehicle fleet is becoming more fuel-efficient, thanks to an infusion of Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicles unveiled Monday at Milwaukee County’s Fleet Maintenance facility.

The vehicles will replace 35 aging Chevy Impalas currently used in a variety of county departments that were driven a total of 332,500 miles and cost nearly $40,000 in fuel annually, according to a news release from acting Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway.

The new hybrid vehicles are estimated to cost $26,000 in fuel annually — a 35 percent fuel savings – and will save more than 4,400 gallons of petroleum per year, according to the release.

A $70,000 grant from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program helped offset the additional cost of the hybrid vehicles. ??The program is helping to purchase 376 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles for 35 Wisconsin fleets.

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