The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the purchase of 40 alternative-fuel vehicles Monday, October 1st, as part of Los Angeles World Airports’ ongoing Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Program, as well as to strengthen police and operations functions, airport officials said.

Los Angeles World Airports is the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The 40 ethanol-fueled police interceptor sedans will be purchased for $1.53 million from Villa Ford of the City of Orange.

The vehicles are being purchased to both replace similar gasoline-powered sedans and increase the available fleet of the airfield operations and Airport Police divisions at LAX, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, officials said.

Thirty-one of the sedans will replace similar vehicles as part of Los Angeles World Airports’ ongoing scheduled vehicle replacement program.

The remaining nine sedans are additional vehicles that will increase the existing fleet and provide greater flexibility for conducting division operations, air- port officials said.

Airport officials said they believe that alternative-fuel vehicles are important elements in meeting California’s future energy needs and plans are under way to convert all of the airport department’s fleet to alternative-fuel use.

The airport department has more than 600 alternative-fuel vehicles, or more than 60 percent of its fleet, powered by liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas, electricity, solar power and hydrogen fuel cell.