Ray Kelly, the NYPD commissioner, has some serious green ideas for New York City's finest. The pilgarlic "commish" and gadabout naturally has his guys catch the criminals in hybrids.
In fact, the NYPD, along with the fire and sanitation departments, recently purchased 50 Chevy Volts to bring the City's total EV tally to 430. Toyota Priuses and Nissan Leafs are scattered throughout the NYPD fleet.
"Actually, we've had really few complaints," Kelly said of the EVs. "They're a little smaller, but I'm told that certain models are as roomy as big sedans that we have."
They're certainly sleeker and more practical than older models.
"We have Crown Victorias, that sort of thing, that are being phased out."
And it's no wonder why. The Crown Vics, which eek out 14 mpg in the city, are dinosaurs--long ready to go the way of the dodo. The Volt, by contrast runs on electric power for the first 35 miles.
The question remains, though whether the hybrids have enough pick-up to catch the bad guys.
"They are reasonably peppy," Kelly adjured. "But on the highways, we have more powerful cars. We have Chargers, you know, that sort of thing. that would be able to achieve speed rapidly."
Translation: in the city, the EVs get the job done and earn the NYPD some environmentalism kudos, but a Dodge muscle car becomes necessary on a high speed chase.