New York City Cops to Ride Electric Scooters

The Associated Press reported last week that New York City's police department is testing out a new electric scooter called the "V...

vectrix police scooterThe Associated Press reported last week that New York City's police department is testing out a new electric scooter called the "Vectrix" to replace their fleet of gas-powered motorcycles.

The report says that the City's finest feel guilty about their heavy footprint on the environment, and are interested in giving up some range to answer the call of Al Gore...
The Vectrix can only travel 40 to 60 miles per charge, but police officials said they may be willing to sacrifice some range for zero emissions.
Well, not quite zero emissions. The production of electricity still requires the burning of coal and diesel.

Interestingly, the reports goes on to say that electric scooters are ultra-quiet, offering cops the element of surprise.

If New York City really wants to cut down on its use of fossil fuels, why don't they just go with more horses? Seems like mounted police have a much longer range than electric scooters.

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  1. "Well, not quite zero emissions. The production of electricity still requires the burning of coal and diesel.'

    This is such a huge misconception! Electricity can be generated from renewable sources and is in many places. As a matter of fact, if your local power company cannot provide green electricity, chances are they can buy it from a company that does and provide it to you that way. The electricity I use, for example, is green - and I live in an apartment that I rent! Obviously I could not install my own solar panels or windmills. My point is that there are lots of alternatives for people who want to use green electricity in order to reduce their human footprint.

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  2. BTW, I meant to say that you're correct on one aspect: riding an electric scooter is not green in the sense that manufacturing uses fossil fuels and generated pollution.

    But then, you can't have your cake and eat it too. The first step is to kill the internal combustion engine, which is the most inneficient thing and biggest polluter of our planet. The second or third step is to address manufacturing processes.

    Don't worry about the source of electricity - although this may be an issue it's being addressed. The renewable energy industry is booming right now in the US, Japan and Germany, especially.

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  3. I laugh at this BS. NYC is about as green as Bloomberg's underwear. If they really wanted to be green, they would have trash compactors like SF. Not a trillion trash bags that the rats dig in. On the prospect of electricity - more lights are in the office buildings then anywhere in the USA. New Yorkers will jump on any band wagon that has a buzz word to it (Green is among them). Unfortunately they don't have the guts or fortitude to really follow it through and make it effective.

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