Serving the heart of California since 1892

The Madera Tribune

County driving to greater fuel efficiency

Most newspaper content here is incomplete. Want it all? Sooner? Subscribe to our full print and online editions by calling (559) 674-4207 and get both for the price of one!

webmaster | 07/06/13

Madera County retired two older vehicles from its fleet and replaced them with hybrid cars earlier this week in a move expected to save tens of thousands of dollars in fuel costs.

The two brand-new 2013 Toyota Prius C model hatchback cars, at a price tag of $22,270 each, are rated for a combined 50 miles per gallon on the road.

In comparison, the two vans they replace — a 2001 Chevrolet Venture and 2000 Toyota Sienna — had more than 190,000 miles on the odometer and are rated for a combined 19.5 mpg.

Steven Von Flue, automotive supervisor for the Madera County Central Garage, said that fuel rating was probably higher than the true figure given the two cars’ well-worn engines...


comments powered by Disqus