The car is white, but the city is thinking green.

Local officials are celebrating the arrival of the city's first Hybrid vehicle.

The Berkshire Eagle reports the city took possession last week of the brand new Hyundai Hybrid, which will serve as a new Inspection services vehicle and occasional transport to various staff training and conferences for city employees.

Mayor Thomas Bernard had not initially considered a hybrid vehicle, but changed course after a nudge from the City Council.

The Hyundai is part of the city's $425,000 replacement of eight vehicles in the fleet of its Inspection Services and Public Works Departments, a move that was approved by the City Council earlier this summer. The hybrid vehicle cost slightly more than $22,000.

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