MINT HILL The town has purchased two 2009 hybrid Ford Escapes to be used by town staff.
The small sport utility vehicles, which town manager Brian Welch says average 31 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the open road, will replace an old Dodge Stratus and a Ford ranger pickup.
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Welch says town staff needs to use the cars on a regular basis for trips to the post office, meetings, and conferences both in and out of town.
“The keys are hanging up front for any town employee to use. If you're having a meeting or a conference, you can just grab the keys and go,” Welch said.
Total cost of the two white Escapes was $55,000, or about $27,500 each. Welch said they paid an up-charge of about $9,000 for the hybrid models, but he figures the savings on gas will be worth it.
“We bought hybrids to be good stewards of the environment and to combat the rising price of gasoline,” Welch said.
“We bought Fords because we wanted cars that were made in America.”