New York City Places Order for 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E EVs
The Ford Mustang Mach-E isn't just a popular vehicle with consumers. It's quickly becoming popular for cities looking to decrease their carbon footprint. New York City recently put in an order with Ford for 184 Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUVs that will be used for law enforcement and emergency response. City officials claim that it's the largest purchase of all-electric vehicles to date. Law enforcement around the country once used the Mustang for police duties in the 1980s and it looks like the trend will continue with the new Mustang going forward. At least for the police force in New York City.
Mach-E GTs Replacing Gas Cars
The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Service (DCAS) announced the news this month. The department announced the order, which costs approximately $11.5 million and includes Mach-E GT SUVs. The electric SUVs will be used by the New York Police Department, the New York City Sheriff's Office, the Department of Correction, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Emergency Management, DCAS Police, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The Mach-E GTs will replace existing gas-powered vehicles that the city currently uses.
"Smart investments in fleet electrification will help New York City break its dependence on fossil fuels," said Dawn M. Pinnock, Acting Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. "We are working successfully towards achieving the ambitious goal of an all-electric City vehicle fleet by 2035 by taking steps to fight the climate crisis every day. It's gratifying that we are able to build an even greener City fleet while working towards a more equitable city."
While New York City's order is the largest purchase of all-electric vehicles to date, it's not nearly enough to replace the city's entire fleet of vehicles. The NYPD alone has a light-duty fleet of 6,200 enforcement vehicles. The city itself has roughly 30,000 vehicles at its disposal, which means that New York City has the largest municipal fleet in the country. So, 184 electric Mach-E SUVs won't do much to help the city curb its emissions, but it's a good start.
NYC Is Serious About Keeping The EVs
Some may remember the debacle with the Los Angeles Police Department's history when it switched to BMW i3 electric hatchbacks. Those vehicles were barely used, with the majority of i3s accounting for just four digits of mileage on the odometer before being put up for sale. The decision probably angered taxpayers, who paid a total of $10,267,699 for the LAPD to lease the all-electric BMWs and install the necessary infrastructure to keep the cars charged. New York City has a few things in mind to make sure that doesn't happen to its Mach-E SUVs.
The city plans to add 275 additional fast chargers around the city for government officials to charge their Mach-E SUVs. By the end of the decade, New York City plans to quadruple the number of available chargers for government officials to use. Chargers should help, but the Mach-E and i3 are two very different SUVs. For one, Ford is building the Mach-E at the factory as a purpose-built police vehicle.
Ford hasn't revealed what kind of changes the police-ready Mach-E GT gets compared to the regular Mach-E GT, but we should get information on that soon. Either way, city officials are probably in for a good time, as the Mach-E GT offers up to 480 horsepower, 600 pound-feet of torque, all-wheel drive, and a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds. The Mach-E GT offers a range of up to 270 miles on a single charge.
NYC isn't the only city looking into adding Mach-E SUVs to the fleet, as Michigan State Police are also considering a police version of the EV.
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