The New York Police Department on Monday deployed 10 Chevrolet Volts – a mostly electric vehicle — as part of a pilot program. The NYPD plans to add a total of 25 electric cars to its fleet in the future, reports the New York Times. The vehicles are expected to travel 35 to 40 miles on electric power alone before a gas-powered engine kicks in. The Volts will go to the Traffic Enforcement Division and will not be used for traditional patrol.
The Police Department's patrol fleet is varied. Scores of hybrid Ford Fusions and Nissan Altimas are deployed as marked patrol cars, in addition to the Ford Crown Victorias, Chevrolet Impalas and Dodge Chargers that make up the backbone of the fleet. Municipal agencies citywide have bought about 70 electric vehicles this year, police said.