Steve (virtual) talk at Middletown Township’s Committee meeting. See bottom paragraph for
responses by the Middletown Administrator, Mayor, and a Committee
member. THe 11/16/2020 Committee meeting minutes, published 12/28/2020, are also quoted at the end.
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This township meeting met latest covid-19 requirements: All participants
were masked, and limited to 10 in the Municipal Court room.
My name is
Steve Miller, 151 Borden Rd. I represent
Middletown for Clean Energy
thanks for the accolades on helping Middletown win the open space referendum.
I need 4
for supporting Middletown police by your approval tonight, to purchase 9 police
8 of these are
“Ford Interceptor Utility” -purchased to refresh Middletown’s police fleet of 38
You used a
state contract to buy those 8 for lowest price from “Winner Ford” in Cherry
Hill. However, it appears you elected to
downgrade to save $3500 per vehicle, and NOT include the “hybrid” power train. Tony Mercantante- is it true that hybrid is
not included in the contract? [Tony
Mercantante, Middletown’s Administrator, replied: this is correct, although
they are evaluating hybrid for cars for other Middletown functions]. The hybrid is the standard advertised by
Ford, and by Winner Ford, which states the hybrid powertrain is perfect for law
I am going
to go through reasons that a “Hybrid Power Train” has a very
short payback and is important to you.
you to consider life cycle cost (For instance, I applaud Tony Mercantante’s on-going life cycle cost of a CNG-powered
Jitney, compared to a standard diesel Jitney).
Sustainable Jersey 2019 SILVER CERTIFICATION reports on the Middletown
Municipal fleet.- These 38 Ford Interceptors are
driven 700,000 miles/year, AND the average for these GAS GUZZLERS is 10mpg. That’s only a fraction
of the EPA 23 city mpg rating - AND the average yearly gas is $3600 per car. Police vehicles spend a lot of time idling
during traffic stops, etc. The hybrid
version automatically shuts off the engine, while continuing to power the
lights and electronics from a large battery.
have been tried and proven for over a decade.
I personally own a 2012 hybrid car that has achieved 42mpg average
over my own CAR LIFETIME of 80K miles.
Middletown fleet already includes two Ford Fusion hybrid cars. Both are 2011 models, and
used by code enforcement. Each hybrid
car continues to get over 30 MPG. [Tony
Perry later in his response corrected this to be 4 Ford Fusions, including clerks office]
different sources, payback for the hybrid power train can be as little as a
I am ALL for
lower taxes, but I AM in this for the long term-
purchased 6 police Ford Interceptors, and they expect LESS than one year payback of the initial $3500 hybrid cost
Mayor Perry stated
in August 28 Middletown Minutes “We are always thrilled to see initiatives that
reduce the carbon footprint of Middletown which will help preserve its beautify for generations to come.
Source: August ribbon cutting of solar arrays at Shadow Lake Village,
2019 silver certification for the municipal fleet states ”
Our main target for the future is to increase our energy efficiency. This includes purchasing fuel efficient, electric and alternative gas vehicles”.
the reality that in NJ, over 40% of all NJ GHG emissions are from
Transportation – this is the biggest single source that NJ is contributing to
the climate crisis. (according to the NJ DEP and Rutgers
with hybrids, then to plug-in hybrids, and finally to full electric EVs,
Middletown can take advantage of its 100% renewable municipal electricity to eventually
have an all-electric fleet, which plugs into 100% renewable electricity so that
most of the 400 vehicles (maybe exception of large trucks) become 100% emission
free. Any of these steps to higher
efficiency and lower carbon emissions sets a GREAT example for Middletown
residents and businesses.
Some of you
may be attending the NJ League of Municipalities meeting this week. You could visit a session, by Sustainable
Jersey on Wed afternoon, entitled “Municipal Fleet Management and Encouraging EVs in Your Community”
I would be happy to share links to my sources for the data I have
presented- if helpful for future planning of direction for Middletown’s
your time on this important matter!
above, were answered by Tony Mercantante, Mayor Tony Perry
and Committee member Tony Fiore. Answers included:
vehicles are being explored for non-police use. However, police cars will not be
converted. Have discussed with Chief of
Police Weber. It is important to provide
the best for law enforcement. They face
hazardous conditions. DPW does its own
repair but is not trained for EVs. Police
vehicles have a lot of wear and tear; police vehicles are often in the
shop. Repair of hybrid and electric
vehicles is much more expensive, and parts availability are of concern. Concern with potential higher failure
rate. Middletown has 395 miles of
roadway, patrolled by 7 cars during a shift.
Middletown is rated as safest city.
It is much more complex than much smaller Hazlet, next door, that can
buy their 6 hybrid “Ford Interceptor Utility” for police service.
MIDDLETOWN OFFICIAL MINUTES, for 11/16/2020 Committee meeting, were published 12/28/2020. The Minutes, state:
"PUBLIC COMMENTS:Steve Miller, 151 Borden Road, represents Middletown for Clean Energy. He thanked the Township Committee for supporting the police but they are not hybrid. He discussed the use of hybrids for police cars. He also discussed the requirements ofsustainable New Jersey Silver Certification.
Mayor Perry,responded and spoke regarding police not usinghybrid vehicles at this time and the importance of law enforcement vehicles having interceptor status.
Deputy Mayor Fiore, commented that Middletown Township has 351 miles of roadway with seven patrols at any given time and it is clear that wear and tear has an effect on hybrid vehicles. Also the cost of parts are a concern as well"