CARSON CITY – New technology aimed both at cutting unnecessary vehicle emissions and saving tax dollars will soon be installed in the fleets of four Nevada law enforcement agencies using federal stimulus funds.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Nevada Highway Patrol, the City of Henderson Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are purchasing 175 of the “idle reduction” units for $700,000.
The units, made by the Austin, TX-based company Energy Xtreme, can power a typical police vehicle’s entire electrical system – including the lights, radio, laptop and camera – for a minimum of four hours at a time with the engine turned off.
The Law Enforcement Series made by the company eliminates the need for officers to idle their engines for lengthy periods of time. Constantly running a vehicle’s gasoline engine pollutes the air, wastes gasoline and can create a tempting target for criminals looking for a joy ride.
The unit installs easily in the trunk of a police cruiser where it uses minimal space and automatically recharges while the car is being driven. It can also provide engine ignition power in case of a dead battery.
“Our Independence Package product line will not only allow the state of Nevada to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and reduce costs, but it will also increase the functionality of state vehicles,” said Devin Scott, CEO of Energy Xtreme.
The company reports that other law enforcement agencies across the country are using the system for up to five hours per day with cost savings of more than $3,000 annually per vehicle. Fleets using the Law Enforcement Series are also eliminating more than 30,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle per year.
“Striving to incorporate leading-edge developments while protecting our communities and the environment is necessary,” said Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley. “This is a fundamental way that we in law enforcement can save resources and improve the quality of life for our residents.”
The Nevada law enforcement agencies are purchasing the product with an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to the Nevada State Office of Energy. Over $2.7 billion in grants are available to U.S. states, territories, local governments and Indian tribes under the EECBG Program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.