Honda (UK) has secured Britain's biggest ever fleet deal for hybrid cars. The Metropolitan Police has ordered 117 Honda Civic Hybrids for its Community Support Officers to use as part of a Safer Neighbourhoods scheme – an initiative to increase police presence on the streets. Officers will use the cars to travel from their operational bases to the start of their foot patrols.
The hybrids are being leased for a two year period (24,000 miles) and won't be used in most police actions. It seems the hybrid choice is more for PR and environmental reasons. The Metro Police feel that hybrid cars are stepping stones to fuel cell cars.