EV Fleet Grows In New York City

New York City is adding 70 new green vehicles to its fleet, including 50 Chevy Volts that will be used for traffic enforcement by the Big Apple’s men and women in blue.

The Volt can run in all-electric mode, powered by a 16 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery, for up to 35 miles, at which point the internal combustion engine kick in, providing nearly 350 miles of additional range. According to the city, the NYPD already uses other electric vehicles, such as electric scooters and other low speed vehicles.

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image via the City of New York

In addition to the Volts, the city bought 10 all-electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, powered by a 28 kWh battery system and with a range of 80 miles; and 10 zero-emission Navistar eStar utility trucks, which we noted last year were being used by FedEx.

The city now has 430 electric vehicles in its fleet as it tries to encourage citizens to consider going electric. Meanwhile, all-electric Nissan NV200 taxis are expected to be rolled out in late 2013.

“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 Michael 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.”

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