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Town Purchases New Electric Hybrid For Fleet

Mayor Bill Pinkham, right; Assistant Utility Director Mike Mangelsen, left; and, Jacqueline Halburnt, Town Administrator admire the Town's new 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which will be used in the Light & Power Department. Courtesy photo

Mayor Bill Pinkham, right; Assistant Utility Director Mike Mangelsen, left; and, Jacqueline Halburnt, Town Administrator admire the Town

The Town of Estes Park purchased a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid for the Light & Power Department on September 19. “This will give us an opportunity to test the efficiency of a hybrid vehicle in commercial use in the mountains,” said Dave Mahany, Public Works Superintendent. This electric hybrid joins three other alternative fuel vehicles in the Town of Estes Park’s fleet, “we also have three GM pickups that are E85 compatible,” said Mahany.

“The new Ford Escape is a great addition to the Town of Estes Park’s fleet and is consistent with our commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Mayor Bill Pinkham.

“Earlier this year, we discussed emerging technologies such as hydrogen or propane-powered vehicles with Honda’s Alternative Fuels Group in Torrance, California, and they recommended the Ford Escape as best suited to our need for a hybrid SUV,” Pinkham said. “We will continue to evaluate vehicle purchases as based on our needs and developing green vehicle options.”

The vehicle was purchased from Sill-Terhar Motors in Broomfield under the state-bid contract of $27,179. The hybrid functions by utilizing its gasoline engine under load, and is powered with electricity in light-use mode. This vehicle is rated 30 mpg (highway); in use so far the vehicle has achieved 35 mpg in mountain driving, said Mahany.

“I’m impressed with its power and comfort,” said Michael Mangelsen, Assistant Director of Utilities, “and I’m glad we are achieving our business needs with alternative transportation, cutting our carbon emissions.”

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