The Duluth City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve the purchase of six 2020 Ford Interceptors from Tenvoorde Motor for about $204,200.
At Thursday's agenda session meeting, Council President Noah Hobbs asked if the city had considered purchasing lower-emission hybrid vehicles.
Duluth's Director of Public Administration Jim Filby Williams told Hobbs that he expects local police to buy hybrid models next go-around, but he said there was insufficient time to make the shift with the current purchase and still fulfill the immediate needs of the department.
Mayor Emily Larson has set a goal to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Toward that end, she has appointed an Energy Plan Commission and aims to hire a sustainability officer in 2020.