Fleet Management has delivered to the County Police Department a new Forensic Services van that has a “parallel hybrid” drive train. This system consists of an electric motor that assists the gasoline powered motor, a battery and a regenerative braking system. Any time the vehicle is decelerating the battery is being recharged to provide an electrical “assist” to the vehicle’s engine. The result is a 20% reduction in fuel use and carbon emissions while maintaining the vehicle’s full range of power and performance. Fleet intends to place into service two animal control vans with the same hybrid system later this year. The vehicle was partially paid for by the Maryland Energy Administration through the “Freedom Voucher” program.