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CX-005265: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Hybrid Vehicle Purchase Project
CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
Date: 02/10/2011
Location(s): Moline, Illinois
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The City of Moline has a practice of reassigning retired Police Cruisers to other non-pursuit assignments. These assignments can vary from administrative to transportation for inspectors. These units are exposed to constant stop and go driving as the result of the assignments. These units are also used almost exclusively in the city limits of Moline and rarely if ever leave the community. The vehicles are all equipped with a 4.6 liter engine. They are all currently operating on 87 octane, unleaded fuel. The model year of all these units to be replaced is 2005. In order to reduce emissions, maintain air quality standards and reduce the City's requirements for fossil fuel, the City of Moline has embarked on an endeavor to purchase environmentally responsible vehicles. Since 2005, the City has been purchasing either Low Emission Vehicles, Flexible Fuel Vehicles or Alternative Fuel Vehicles when possible. In 2009, the City purchased three 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrids-some of the first available. The City has now determined that the efficiencies from these units will have an environmental value beyond the bottom line values. The City of Moline has now decided to purchase six to ten additional hybrid vehicles in 2010. These hybrid units will be deployed throughout the City's Fleet to displace the 2005 Ford Crown Victorias mentioned above. Deploying the hybrid units in exchange for the Crown Victorias will have a significant impact on air quality as well as fuel used. Using funds available to the City of Moline through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, the City of Moline will be able to purchase more hybrids than it would be able to purchase without the grant. This will compound the positive results to the environment and the City's overall budget strategy. The City of Moline will purchase the vehicles from the results of using an approved competitive process.