It’s a high voltage effort aimed at cutting down on air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. As many as 50 Chevy Volts will join the City of New York fleet. With the new addition, the Volt electric cars will be the first electric car to be used by the New York City Police Department.
The NYPD already uses electric scooters and golf cars, but the addition of the Volts will bring in a new meaning to their efforts aimed at cutting down on menace related to carbon emissions. The vehicles will represent the majority of 70 new electric vehicles joining the city fleet, which now has 430 electric vehicles.
New York Mayor Bloomberg announced the addition of the Volts along with other electric vehicles at Woodside Queens, New York recently. In his own words:
“This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation…We will continue to lead by example, but we also must provide New Yorkers with tools to make environmentally friendly choices in their own lives.”
The New York City administration believes that people become far more likely to choose an electric vehicle once they are provided with the facts. The administration will ensure that the citizens get the true facts so that they can decide on whether they would want to drive an electric vehicle or not. (Watch the video here.)
With the administration striving to create a greener, greater city, the addition of the Volts is expected to take New York miles ahead in achieving their plan.
The Chevy Volt electric cars may be seen as boon to these efforts, as the car can drive free of gas and tailpipe emissions for the first 35 miles. This is made possible by the full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery.
Once the battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator will come into play, extending the driving range to another 344 miles on a full tank for a total driving range of 379 miles.
Apart from the NYPD, the 70 new electric vehicles will be used by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Department of Correction, the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, New York City Fire Department, and Taxi and Limousine Commission.