The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has purchased a Vertrix T3 electric scooter and has begun phasing in Toyota Prius sedans for administrative and investigative functions. The Prius is expected to achieve 48 miles per gallon of gasoline as compared to the 15 to 16 miles per gallon of its older vehicles under city driving conditions. The department considers its use of bicycles and motorcycles as part of its strategy to save fuel as well. Bicycles were deployed downtown nearly 20 years ago, and traffic patrol began transitioning from sedans to motorcyles in 1999.
This photo from the police department shows the T3 scooter and a Prius. Appearing in the photo (from left to right) are Chris Stratton, Lt. Gary Epps, Mayor Heidi Davison, and Chief Joseph Lumpkin.