Yes, the Prius is the official car of Eugene, and Crown Vics and Tahoes tend to really stand out, so if you want to be a bit stealthy in your policing, as well as “sustainable” here’s the answer. And how perfect really, especially since most police cars seem to spend at least half the time sitting in an empty lot, engine idling away, waiting for something to happen. In a Prius, there’s plenty of battery power for the laptop to watch the latest episode of Cops or catch up on the “Most Wanted” postings. And with a top speed of 108, catching any of the aging Curbside Classics of Eugene in a full-on chase shouldn’t be a problem. That’s a lot faster than the Dodge St. Regis the CHP used to have.
– March 21, 2012