A Fleet of 100 Fully-Electric NYPD Mustangs to Power Safety in the Streets: Starting this Summer
By Yehudit Garmaise
When NYPD Inspector Scott Olexa pulled the cloth off the department’s first fully electric-powered police cruiser at New York’s International Auto Show, which took place April 15 to 24 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, a group of admirers burst into a rousing round of applause.
Olexa, who is the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Fleet Services Division, proudly revealed brand-new 2022 Mustang GT Mach E, which he expected to be among the 100 new electrical patrol cars to be cruising the streets of NYC by the end of the summer, amny reported.
These vehicles can reach 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, are protected by ballistic door panels and window inserts on both front doors, and have a 270-mile battery range, police said.
Inspector Olexa, who said he admired the Mustang’s beauty, also pointed out that the Mustang’s doors can be opened automatically with the push of a button and that the car’s dashboard is controlled by a touch screen.
“We wanted a hard metal roof for police work: G-d forbid something falls on top of the roof, we don’t want our officers to get hurt,” said Inspector Olexa, who added that the cars’ extended battery range is quite important to police work.
“Plus, this car has a more robust electrical system to power the lights and sirens.”
While the NYPD has used hybrid vehicles in the past, Inspector Olexa explained the new electric patrol cars produce zero emissions, so they will not add the city’s air pollution.
“We’re happy to have it,” said Inspector Olexa, who had taken the new patrol car for a test drive. “I am impressed. It has a really good pickup, it handles well, and is an easy car to drive.”
“We’re expecting big things.”