In an effort to reduce pollution, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city is acquiring 70 electric vehicles to be used by a number of city departments, including 50 Chevrolet Volts. The Volts scheduled to become police patrol cars are likely to receive the most attention, as the Volt will be the first all-electric car used by the New York City police department. “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,” Bloomberg said.
This new addition puts New York City’s electric-vehicle total at 430. The NYPD already boasts an impressive fleet of clean-fuel vehicles, including the Toyota Prius, Nissan Altima Hybrids, and Ford Fusion Hybrids. New York City also expects to add six Nissan Leafs to the fleet to be used as cabs by the end of this year.
New York’s new electric patrol cars mark the first foray into all-electric vehicles as official first responder cars. If the fire service follows suit—all-electric fire engines, anyone?—it will become even more important for all first responders to be trained in electric vehicle safety.