City vehicle fleet purchases on lowest lifetime cost, not "statement" value


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Why does the City of Seattle continue to purchase expensive new hybrid vehicles? Please consider cost/benefit analysis of purchases in the vehicle fleet. It is GOOD to move towards more efficent vehicles, but a $14k Toyota Yaris at 35 MPG is a more sensible pruchase than a $24k Toyota Prius at 50 MPG. The fuel savings given the short distances driven in typical city cars will not make up for the higher purchase price and potential battery replacement or hybrid system repairs. The city should be purchasing vehicles with the best overall operational cost, not "statement" vehicles like the Prius.


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    It may make even more sense to try to nurse the current city fleet along for the next 3-5 years until practical all-electric vehicles become readily available. MPKWH (miles per kilowatt hour) is a really good deal with our abundance of hydropower, and electric cars, just like electric trolley buses, will last a lot longer and require far less maintenance--think of **NO** "tune-ups" or oil changes, and brakes that last 60,000 miles because regenerative braking reduces the wear.