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.


Woman says battery-powered car creates no emissions, doesn't pollute the air. Photo credit: by Kevin G. Gilbert, Herald-Mail Staff Photographer. High res version avaiable on paper web site.

The Volt can be fully charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for approximately six hours a day.

The Chevrolet Volt E-Flex concept electric car represents a marked shift at General Motors as the company tries to wrestle a reputation for high technology back from its archrival Toyota.


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