NYPD Goes Green: Adds Chevy Volt Police Car

Bad boys, Bad boys… Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when the NYPD and their Chevy Volts come for you?

New York City’s already massive fleet of police patrol cars took a big step for the environment as they announced the inclusion of 50 Chevrolet Volts to their fleet.  The NYPD by acquiring the Volts are trying to cut air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. 

“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 of the total of 70 new electric vehicles. The addition raises the city’s electric-vehicle total to 430.

General Motors Co. says the Volt will be the first electric car used by the New York City police department, which already has a diverse collection of vehicles ranging from traditional Ford Crown Victoria sedans to Nissan Altima hybrids to electric scooters and golf carts.

Now with the recent announcement of the “Taxi of Tomorrow”, the Volts will be apart of a large group of electric cars to be used by a number of city departments.  The Chevy Volt which is slated to become a New York Police Department patrol vehicle will likely get the most attention as they become an integral part of city.

The Chevy Volt will bring a fantastic new technology to the NYPD and while the debate over whether the Volt is really an electric car or more of a plug-in hybrid continues, the car itself can run for up to 35 miles on battery power alone.  It also carries a gasoline engine that kicks in to extend its driving range to a total of up to 379 miles.  These vehicles will save the city thousands of dollars on their gas bill each month.

Safety of the officers is always a key component when selecting patrol vehicles.  A standard Chevy Volt comes with a massive safety package.  Eight air bags situated in the entire front, side-impact, knee area for the driver and front passenger, and a roof-rail side-impact set for the front and rear.  The airbag system also includes a Passenger Sensing System.  Once bullet proof glass and doors are installed, this Volt will become a fortress for a NYPD Officer.

The front-wheel-drive 2011 Chevrolet Volt is primarily powered by an electric motor rated at 149 hp (111 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque. This motor draws power from a lithium-ion battery pack until the battery charge is 70 percent depleted. At that point, the Volt’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine, which requires premium fuel, comes to life as a replacement power source for the electric motor. Under certain higher-speed conditions, the four-cylinder can also help power the wheels directly.

As we turn the page to a new chapter in automotive history, the all new 2011 Chevy Volt will have engraved its place as an innovator, an economic reliever for the NYPD and New York City, and as a total asset to our ecosystem as we know it.  

By: Allen Smythe
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