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.
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 50 Volts were among 70 EVs in NYC’s latest round of buying under green Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a big fan of electrics. Also bought were 10 electric Ford Transit Connect vans and 10 electric Navistar eStar utility trucks.
Not every dispatch calls for a vehicle capable of high-speed pursuits among other things, and with up to 50 miles of all-electric range, the Volt will save NYC tens of thousands of dollars in gas costs every year.
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.
“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.