Cost savings will always break down differently for anyone considering greener vehicles, depending on each individual circumstance. But only time will tell if, and how, hybrids can benefit agencies in their regular patrol. Is it large enough to transport a suspect behind a cage in the back? Can it hold all the gear officers need? Is it fast enough to chase down most vehicles on the road?
"I'm not sure hybrid technology is it for law enforcement yet," says Newbury. "I think there's probably more technology come, hopefully in the near future."