July 20, 2013

Idaho County Employs FFVs and Idle Reduction (Text Version)

This is a text version of the MotorWeek video segment Idaho County Employs FFVs and Idle Reduction, which aired July 20, 2013.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Caldwell, Idaho, where a small county vehicle fleet has made a big commitment to running clean and green. Boasting the only ethanol-gasoline blending pump in the state, the Canyon County fleet of Ford Fusions and Crown Victoria police cruisers fuel up on domestically produced ethanol.

Anti-idling technology reduces fuel consumption even more as lights, radios, and critical police equipment are run by a trunk-mounted battery when on the scene at emergencies. The engine only has to run for short periods to recharge the system.

Canyon County's fuel-saving efforts also eliminate some 1.4 million pounds of harmful carbon dioxide emissions annually.

MARK TOLMAN: Between E85 and the idle reduction program, we've been able to save over $105,000 in fuel this year.

JOHN DAVIS: As budgets get tighter, Canyon County has found innovative solutions that prove preserving the environment while also saving the bottom line can still go hand in hand.