• Dec 26, 2007
The NYPD currently maintains a fleet of a few hundred gas-powered Piaggio and Yamaha scooters. As part of a trial program, they are going to try out some Vectrix electric scooters starting next month. The Vectrix scooters are heavier than the Piaggios and cost twice as much. They also only have a range of between 40 and 60 miles. However, they have a 60-MPH top speed, can be recharged in two hours at a wall outlet, and they are the first and only fully electric vehicles certified to travel on any road in America, including highways.

The pilot program is only running with four Vectrix rides. However, the NYPD was the first police program approached to take the scooter maker up on the offer, so the Vectrix will get its first test in what could be the toughest climate possible -- New York's punishing urban terrain and the Northeastern winter weather.

[Source: Newsday via AutoblogGreen]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      so when you arrest someone do they ride "bitch"
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wanted one of these to commute with; until the pricing came out. I guess they'll make-up sales by fleeting them...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hot cops on scooters doesn't quite have the same ring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The real world charge time is about 3.5 hours, NOT 2 hours. The real world range is between 28 miles and 38 miles at most!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "and they are the first and only fully electric vehicles certified to travel on any road in America, including highways"

      The GM EV1 and Honda EV Plus would care to disagree.
      • 7 Years Ago
      every burglar in NYC just got a free break.

      these things couldn't pull over a smart Fortwo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh man, that's the last thing we need when we're walking through a city, cops pulling up on us on a silent scooter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, I considered getting an electric scooter rather than replacing my car, but then I found out how much they cost. D'oh!