KEARNEY, NE — The Kearney Police Department is going electric for part of its fleet of vehicles.

KPD announced Friday that it has introduced four plug-in hybrid electric vehicles along with a vehicle charging station at the Law Enforcement Center. According to a news release, two of the vehicles were partially funded through a Nebraska Environmental Trust/Nebraska Community Energy Alliance grant awarded to the City of Kearney last year.

“Our goal with inserting plug-in Hybrid vehicles to our fleet is to find cost saving measures for fuel and provide increased efficiencies in operations,” Chief Bryan Waugh said. “While the plug-in vehicle option isn’t feasible for Uniform Patrol, these vehicles provide a great solution for the Community Service and Criminal Investigations units, providing nearly 50 miles per gallon”.

Two of the Hybrid vehicles are assigned to the Community Service Unit and two are assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. The community service vehicles boast a new graphic design to better distinguish them from police cars.