The next round of South Bend Police cars will feature all-wheel drive.
The city decision is good news for police who have been struggling through snowy winter weather with either front wheel or rear wheel drive cruisers.
The city agreed Tuesday to seek bids for 36 new -- all wheel drive-- police package SUV's. The vehicles will also be equipped to run on compressed natural gas.
“We've committed to compressed natural gas CNG technology,”Capt. Phil Trent said. “The cars will come as just taking regular gas. They'll be retro-fitted to CNG and then there's a couple of infrastructure changes that need to be made before we can fully implement it.”
The 36 new police cruisers will represent about 14 percent of the total fleet.
Before the switch to natural gas will be made, the city will have to invest in equipment that that will speed up the process of re-filling the tanks.