TAMPA -- After reaping the financial and environmental savings of switching to a fleet of gas-electric vehicles three years ago, Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez is adding an unprecedented level of safety for the public and his staff by leasing new Toyota Rav4 and Prius vehicles.
In 2014, Henriquez’s office was a trail blazer among county government agencies by transitioning its fleet from traditional gas-powered vehicles to leased hybrid cars. As a result, Henriquez spearheaded an effort that saved taxpayers thousands of dollars each year in fuel, maintenance and repair costs. Now, with both the RAV4 and Prius both offering an impressive array of new safety features, Henriquez’s staff will not only be cutting costs, they will be utilizing one of the world’s safest production cars ever made.
The ground-breaking safety features found standard on all RAV4 and Priuses are in Toyota's “Safety Sense” driver technology. Through a patented radar and camera system, this technology is designed to identify obstacles -- including pedestrians -- and automatically apply braking when necessary. The Prius also offers lane departure alert with steering assist, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, eight airbags, traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes and a 5-star overall rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Besides reducing his office’s costs and carbon footprint, the safety of both his staff and the public was a major driving force behind Henriquez’s decision to lease the Toyota Prius for the HCPA’s fleet.
“I consider my staff and this community I serve part of my extended family and their health and safety is of paramount importance to me,” Henriquez said. “When you consider all the incredible safety features the Prius offers, choosing this car for our fleet was an easy decision.”
Through a competitive bid process, the HCPA is leasing the hybrid fleet for a period of three years.
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