Safety and security products manufacturer SimplexGrinnell with their headquarter in Boca Raton, Florida operates in 150 locations in North America.
Their new project is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by replacing a quarter of its sales fleet with hybrid vehicles. The company which makes products including fire alarms systems and emergency communications equipment has ordered 200 pieces of Ford Fusion Hybrids as part of their plan. They run a fleet of 2,000 cars in total, along with 5,000 larger commercial trucks and vans.
Jim Spicer, president of SimplexGrinnell, said: “The Fusion Hybrids will provide us with much greater fuel savings and CO2 reductions compared to the conventional gas vehicles they are replacing. They also are a perfect fit for our staff.”
The new Fusion Hybrides will be used mainly in major metropolitan areas, where the employees generally drive less than 2,500 miles per month, but their usage will be expanded where there is demand.
The move toward hybrid vehicles comes as part of a wider program of environmental improvements by the company’s parent group, Tyco International Company, which is aiming to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water impact by 25% in the next five years.
According to Ford, the 2010 Fusion has 41 miles per gallon in the city, 36mpg on the highway.