New York City has announced that it’s added 70 new electric vehicles to different city agency fleets as part of its effort to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions, and gas consumption and to save city tax payers a buck or two. The Chevrolet Volt represents 50 of the 70 new electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles that Mayor Michael Bloomberg as added to city fleets. The other vehicles being added in limited numbers to city fleets are 10 Ford Transit Connect Electrics and 10 Navistar eStar trucks. The additional electric vehicles are part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, his vision for a greener New York.
The 50 Volts bought by the City will mostly be split between the New York City Department of Sanitation, the Fire Department of New York, and the New York Police Department, with a few going to other city agencies. While it’s believed that the NYPD Volts are the first to be pressed into police service, don’t expect to see them jumping curbs or performing PIT maneuvers anytime soon. Like the NYPD’s Toyota Prius, Nissan Altima Hybrids, and Ford Fusion Hybrids, the new Volts won’t see use as patrol cars. The hybrids will be relegated to traffic enforcement duty -- controlling congestion on Canal Street and in Times Square, and dolling out tickets to those who choose to ignore alternate side parking rules and park too close to fire hydrants.
The 10 electric Ford Transit Connects and Navistar eStars will be put to work with the Department of Sanitation. New York City is also expected to add six Nissan Leafs to its fleet by the end of the year for testing as a cab. If the Leaf tests are successful, it’s likely New York will order electric versions of Nissan's new NV200 cab.
Source: GM, New York City