New York Cops, Firemen Get 'Green' Vehicles

New York's men and women in blue are going green.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday unveiled the first of 20 hybrid SUVs to be used in a pilot project by the Police and Fire departments as part of a broader effort to cut gas consumption citywide.

The hybrid version of the GMC Yukon 1500 gets 20 mpg, about 25 percent better than the all-gasoline model.

Also being tested for the NYPD fleet are:

— Four all-electric Vectrix scooters capable of going up to 55 miles on a single charge.

— A three-wheeled transporter that can reach speeds up to 25 mph and run three to four hours between charges. Each can carry a single standing cop, much like a two-wheeled Segway.

"Every little bit counts," said Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler. "These cars will be [traveling] 25,000 miles on the road each year. That will save $3,000 in gas costs when gas is $4.50."

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