Humphris of Oxford has lent the Witney Neighbourhood Policing Team a Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) for the next six months.
The team, based at Witney police station in Welch Way, covers the surrounding villages as well as the town itself, and PCSO Tracy Waller said the environmentally-friendly Outlander PHEV would help the officers get out into the community more.
Previously the team of nine PCSOs and four neighbourhood officers only had one car available, and a van they could only use during the day as it was needed by another part of the Thames Valley force every evening.
PCSO Tracy Waller said: ‘Having the Outlander PHEV will help our Neighbourhood Policing Team be more visible in the community, which is great. It means we will be able to get out to incidents in rural areas much quicker. It’s brilliant for us and we are really grateful to Humphris of Oxford for lending it to us, it’s a big help.’
Tracy added: ‘This is the first hybrid vehicle that Thames Valley Police have got and they are really interested to see how it works for us, in terms of the fuel consumption and the savings we make. We are trying to save money and having the Outlander PHEV will help with that.’
Since its launch last year, the Outlander PHEV has swiftly become the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, with Mitsubishi Motors selling 10,000 of them by the end of March 2015.
Using both electric and petrol power, the Outlander PHEV has an electric range of 32½ miles, emits just 44g of CO2 per kilometre, and boasts an official combined fuel consumption figure of 148 miles per gallon. The team already have a charging point installed at Witney police station, which means they will save money on fuel.
Karl Stephens, Sales Manager at the dealership in Rose Hill, said: ‘We all know the police are under pressure so we’re pleased to be able to help. By lending them the Outlander PHEV we’re helping the local community as well, which is great.
‘The Outlander PHEV is the ideal vehicle for the team as it’s got plenty of room for any kit they need and it’s extremely fuel-efficient which will save the force money. It’s also very quiet which is perfect for sneaking up on anyone up to no good!’