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New York City will be plugging in more cars

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In his state of the city address last week, Mayor Bloomberg said he wants to increase the number of electric cars the city uses, require charging stations like these for new construction, and make a third of city's taxi fleet plug in rather than gas up. YNN's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

"It will show we got only 250 miles per gallon for this trip; because, we got only the electric charge," said Park Inspector Andrew Murin.

At the end of his day working for the parks department, he comes back in to charge it.

He said that it takes about four to five hours to charge it on the twenty volt charging station. And then, he's back on the road, cruising in one of the 458 plug-in electric cars the city owns, a fleet that's about to expand.

"We have made progress with the hybrids and now we are taking that next step. A hybrid electric vehicle improves fuel economy, but a plug-in electric vehicle takes fuel out of the equation," said Keith Kerman, the city’s Chief Fleet Officer.

Electric vehicles come with a nearly silent ride, plugging in instead of gassing up. In his state of the city address last week, Mayor Bloomberg said he wants to increase the number of electric cars the city uses, require charging stations like these for new construction, and make a third of city's taxi fleet plug in rather than gas up.

Will charging stations like these start to appear across the city and will New Yorkers even use them, opting for electric cars instead of gas guzzlers?

"It's hard to imagine converting the fleet to electric cars without having the infrastructure in place. That's why the mayor's right to focus both on putting in the infrastructure, the charging stations, as well as pushing his agencies and the taxi industry to move towards electric. You have to do both at the same time," said Mark Izeman from the National Resources Defense Council.

"I think the plans we are putting in place are going to make the investments necessary to do that," said Cas Holloway.

"It all works smoothly and efficiently and it's a great car for city driving," said Murin.

As long as you can find a place to plug in, it’s a smooth ride.

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