After four years of fleet reductions, Sacramento County is beginning to replace gasoline-only cars with Toyota Prius models. The county’s cars are replaced when they are no longer economical due to wear and costly maintenance.
Since 2005, the county’s policy has been that when light-duty cars need to be replaced, a hybrid car is purchased to take its place. While hybrid cars cost more than a standard gasoline car, the fuel savings over the life of the car offsets its higher purchase price, according to a news release.
The county competitively bid the Toyota Prius rated at 50 miles per gallon combined city/highway, which is replacing the older gasoline cars that are rated between 20 and 25 miles per gallon combined. With gasoline selling at roughly $4 per gallon, that’s nearly $10,000 of fuel savings over 120,000 miles.