New Anti-Idling Technology for Police Cars to Save Fuel

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In brief: Ottawa police in Canada installed anti-idling technology in tow patrol cars for a year-long test and found that fuel consumption was reduced by over 10% and that the system paid for itself in 18 months.

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Going with this study, the Ottawa police also learned that of a 10 hour shift on duty, 6.7 hours of it were usually spent idling. Since police cars are filled with electronics gear and the officer is often inside the vehicle while it's idling, simple start-stop technology was not the answer.

So a system was developed that adds extra battery storage, monitors battery levels and runs climate controls from the electric system while also beefing up the starter to account for the extra engine starts. In all, the system costs $2,000.

A year-long test of the system was then undertaken in two patrol cars. The fuel savings of over 10% concluded that the systems would have a return on investment of only 18 months while the average police car has a life span of more than double that.

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The story's source (The Ottawa Citizen) does not specify whether the technology will be implemented department-wide.

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