Scooters gotta scoot. The NYPD wants to replace its fleet of three-wheeled scooters with Smart Cars, officials said Wednesday.
This is a great idea, but why dont they go the whole way and use driverless cars, or at least small electric cars that are good for the environment.
Just a thought perhaps they will.
Smart cars to replace three wheelers
When you look at the three wheelers, that the NYPD use at the moment, they remind me of a squashed up Reliant Robin. The Reliant Robin was made famous here in the UK by the excellent “Only Fools and Horses” TV series, which went on for a number of years.
I have been lucky enough to visit New York and have seen the Police driving about on these three wheelers, which are just really covered motorcycles. I was very surprised to see the price tag of $27000 each, which I thought was on the high side, compared to the price of a car?
The three wheelers are made by a company called “Cushman” and started out in Nebraska, making 2-stroke engines for the fishing boat industry. They then began to make three wheel lightweight vans and went under the name of “Cushman Motor Works”.
The vans developed over the years are become useful in small spaces such as for Mail vans and airport vehicles, as well as for use in factories and of course by the NYPD in New York. As I have mentioned earlier they do remind me of the Reliant Robin three wheelers that we had here in the UK, even down to the single front wheel and two wheels at the rear.
The Cushman’s are powered by an 18m horse power engine and can reach speeds of 35 mph, making it easier to police the narrow streets of the inner cities, than walking about on foot.
Smart cars may take over the three wheelers
We have all seen the little Smart cars bobbing about our towns and cities, and the NYPD have taken stock of nine of them as an experiment to replace the three wheelers with them.
The Smart cars was originally a joint production venture by Mercedes, the giant German car manufacturer and the Swiss watch maker Swatch. However Swatch pulled out of the venture leaving Mercedes to build the car in Hambach, France. Although Mercedes had another Mini car in progress, the MCC or Mercedes City Coupe, they took on the task of continuing with the Smart Cars production in France.
The little cars are made from all sorts of parts that are sourced in Europe. With some having Japanese engines, this is one of the reasons that I wrote this article, because I am very surprised at the NYPD buying non-American products to replace the all American three wheelers.
I suppose you could say that the Smart Cars are an up-marketing project, because they would give more comfort, with air-conditioning and heating with an airbag for driver safety, also
the response to an incident would be quicker and in actual fact the Smart cars workout cheaper than the three wheelers.
Not my usual stuff, but I thought it was an interesting story. I wonder also why did the New York authorities take the chance of using Smaller Electric vehicles that would also help with the cities emission figures?
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