The City of Rock Island went green in January 2008 and purchased 24 new, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles including:
21 Honda Civic hybrid-electric cars from Zimmerman Cars of Rock Island in cooperation with American Bank and Trust and the State of Illinois Treasurer’s Green Rewards rebate program
Three Ford Escapes
About the Green Rewards Program
Rock Island is the first Illinois community to use the fleet purchase provision of the Green Rewards program. The program offered $1,000 rebates to Illinois residents and communities who finance hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicles at participating Illinois lenders. The rebates offset the higher, upfront cost of hybrids and reward buyers for reducing carbon emissions and gas consumption.
The Honda hybrids cost $23,235 each, which is significantly higher than comparable gas-fueled cars. But with the state’s $1,000 rebate, a federal tax rebate, and other deal discounts, the City paid $18,765 per vehicle.
Projected Impact of the City's Hybrids
The City projects it will reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by 50,000 pounds a year and save about $76,000 in fuel costs over the 10-year life of the cars. The savings was figured using an average of 7,000 vehicle miles a year, a $3.25 per-gallon gas price for 2008, and an average 5% annual price increase through 2017.
The vehicles replaced those used by the public works, fire, and community and economic development departments and police detectives.