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Old 01-02-2008, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Article: NYPD to use Vectrix electric scooters

From Edmunds Green Car Advisor:

"The New York Police Department will begin road testing four all-electric Vectrix scooters in January as part of a broader campaign to make America's largest police department a greener one as well."




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The department 's park patrols and traffic and street demonstration control units presently use 329 Piaggio scooters and 104 smaller Yamaha scooters that run on gasoline.

The Vectrix is heavier than the Piaggio, but with a top speed of more than 60 miles an hour is nearly as fast. And the electric scooters can be recharged simply by plugging them into a standard outlet for as little as two hours.

The range of the Vectrix is limited to 40-60 miles per charge, but police officials said they may be willing to sacrifice some range for zero emissions.

Detective Derek Siconola, who will train the NYPD's electric scooter riders, suggested the quiet electric motors also offer a side benefit: the element of surprise. "You could easily sneak up on somebody if they don't expect it," he said.
Full article: http://blogs.edmunds.com/GreenCarAdvisor/153

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