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NYPD testing Smart Cars-Possibly to replace the scooters they now use- New York Daily News

NYPD testing Smart Cars

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NYPD testing Smart Cars

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. So, 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. Of course, which went on for a number of years.

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A small Renault electric used for the cities by the French post office

I have been lucky enough to visit New York. Having seen the Police driving about on these three wheelers. Consequently, which are just really covered motorcycles. Given these points, then I was very surprised to see the  company had started out in Nebraska . So, then 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.Of course, such as for Mail vans and airport vehicles. Including, 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.So, 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.Including with an airbag for driver safety. Also New NYPD Smart car under testing the response to an incident would be quicker. So, 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?

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.