NYPD Tests Vectrix Electric Maxi-scooters

The NYPD uses 329 Piaggio scooters -- which have roughly the same dimensions as the Vectrix -- and 104 smaller Yamaha scooters that run on regular fuel.

Published: 22-Dec-2007

Police have found a way to help save the planet and perhaps sneak up on bad guys at the same time: an electric, ultra-quiet scooter.

The New York Police Department will begin road testing four of the plug-in Vectrix scooters early next month -- part of a broader campaign to make the nation's largest police department a greener one as well.

The 36,000-officer NYPD has been looking for ways to retool its massive motor fleet to guzzle less gas and inflict less harm on the environment. A handful of NYPD hybrid cars and so-called flex-fuel vehicles, which can run on both gasoline and ethanol, are already on the road.

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