The purchase of 50 Volts was part of a larger order for 70 total EV’s, bringing NYC’s total EV fleet to 430 vehicles. While the NYPD currently uses electric motor scooters as ticketing vehicles, the Volts will serve as traffic enforcement vehicles, among other duties. Not every dispatch calls for a vehicle capable of high-speed pursuits among other things, and with up to 50 miles of all-electric range, the Volt will save NYC tens of thousands of dollars in gas costs every year. The more Volts they get, the more money they save.
I don’t think the Volt looks half-bad as a police car either, and it sets a precedent that other municipalities may follow. I don’t want to go too ahead of myself…but perhaps GM should consider marketing the Volt as a police pursuit vehicle as well. It’s not a bad idea if you ask me, as the market is wide open what with the impending retirement of the workhouse Crown Vic. A Volt cop on every block? Mayhaps my friends, mayhaps. And it’d be a good excuse to bump up the power output for those rare pursuits.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.