NYC Police Fleet Going Green
New York City will be adding 70 electric vehicles to its police car fleet as a part of an initiative to make the city greener.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city's new batch of electric vehicles includes 50 new "extended range" hybrid Chevrolet Volts, 10 fully electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, and 10 new fully electric Navi-star "E-star" utility trucks.
The vehicles will be joining the 360 electric vehicles already being used by police across the five boroughs.
"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," said Mayor Bloomberg. "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.”
Bloomberg noted that a study conducted by McKinsey & Company for New York City showed a lack of information and educational resources on electric vehicles and that only 30 percent of New Yorkers are knowledgeable about electric vehicle benefits and limitations . However, 21 percent of consumers were more likely to purchase an electric vehicle after being better educated about them, the study found.
The Bloomberg administration is already working towards adding electric vehicles to the city's fleet of more than 13,000 yellow taxis, with the help of pilot program in place with Nissan.