This past week(July 12, 2011) the NYPD(New York Police Department) announced that they will be adding 50 Chevy Volt’s to there fleet. The Chevy Volt is a very green car and it will help to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution. It will also help them at the gas tank, it will use less gas than the other cars on the fleet. It will the be the first electric car ever, keep in mind they already have electric scooters and golf carts in place. There are a total of 70 new vehicles joining the fleet, but the Chevy Volt is the majority with 50 being added. They already have 430 electric vehicles. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had to say this, “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,”. So, New York is moving forward and leading the race with the electric car it seems. We hope other cities learn from New York, and start making the switch themselves. The Chevy Volt drives ” gas- and tailpipe emissions-free” for the first 35 miles, on a fully charged battery. 16-kWh lithium-ion battery is found inside the Volt. If the battery runs low it will switch to gas, and can go for another 344 miles. So the range will be 379 miles. It is comparable to the other cars in the fleet. You can see the full Press Release below.
New York City Charges Ahead with 50 Chevrolet Volts
Police cars for traffic enforcement among purchase of extended-range electric vehicles
QUEENS, N.Y. — The City of New York is adding 50 Chevrolet Volts to its fleet as part of an effort to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. New York Mayor Bloomberg announced the addition of the Volts along with other electric vehicles at a press conference Tuesday in Woodside Queens, New York.
The Volt will be the first electric car used by the New York City Police Department, which also uses electric scooters and golf cars. The Volts represent the majority of 70 new electric vehicles joining the city fleet, which now has 430 electric vehicles.
“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 in a press statement. “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.
“When provided with the facts, people become far more likely to choose an electric vehicle. Our job is to ensure the public has the facts, ensure they can make their own decisions and ensure that if they want to drive an electric vehicle, we are providing the infrastructure needed. It’s all part of our PlaNYCagenda to create a greener, greater New York City.”
For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank for a total driving range of 379 miles.