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Avon buys two hybrids for fleet

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDan Higgins is the Fleet Manager for the Town of Avon. He is shown here with Avon's three hybrid fleet vehicles.

AVON ” The Town of Avon has taken delivery on two new Ford Hybrid Escapes. This along with one that was purchased last year is the start of a movement towards a more environmentally friendly fleet of vehicles for the Town.

Dan Higgins is the Fleet Manager for the Town of Avon. He has been doing research on alternate fuels and hybrid vehicles for the last 10 years and believes they have come a long way in recent years. “The charging system is much more advanced, now. The first electric vehicle we tested could barely make it up the hill to Beaver Creek.” The new escapes have plenty of power and lots of torque, so the hills are not a problem. They are also expected to get around 28 miles per gallon around town and still have four wheel drive capacity. The larger benefit to the Town is what is being put back into the environment or in this case, what is not being put back in the environment.

With every vehicle replacement, the Town of Avon evaluates many factors to determine whether or not their existing vehicles are as efficient as they could be and still perform the duties needed. In some cases such as this, a hybrid may be determined to be the best vehicle for the application.

The Town is also replacing three buses in their fleet, two of which will be diesel/electric hybrids. “We will be using these mostly on the valley floor with our in town routes” according to Higgins. “The Town of Avon will surely benefit from our persistence in choosing the right vehicles for the job.”

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