Kuala Lumpur City Hall is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint by using electric cars for everyday patrols across the city.
The council has acquired four Renault Twizy electric cars on a one year trial basis to gauge their effectiveness.
Two of the vehicles will be used by City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department, while the other two vehicles are being used by the Landscape Department.
City Hall Safety and Enforcement Department director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said the vehicles started patrolling the streets last week.
"We are currently testing out the vehicles at Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The feedback thus far has been positive in terms of cost savings, because there is no need for fuel and the their manoeuvrability during peak hours is good," he said.
Sauffi said that City Hall is determined to try to reduce carbon emissions and look into cost savings.
"We are renting the vehicles at RM1,950 a month each. The cost of a vehicle is about RM80,000. After a year, we will review their effectiveness and decide if we want to buy or continue to rent them," he said.
The electric cars can run for four hours on a single charge and reach a speed of up to 80km/h. They can be charged at any power socket.
Sauffi also said that City Hall had acquired five Segway electric scooters, which have been deployed to patrol the Dataran Merdeka area.
"Officers on the Segways will patrol the area to ensure smooth traffic flow, cleanliness, and engage and assist tourists," he said, adding that they were continuously looking at ways to multitask while on the ground.
Meanwhile, Sauffi said that 32 enforcement officers had been deployed to patrol the bicycle lane from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka.
"We want to increase our presence and the security of users. Officers will be patrolling the lanes in two shifts from 8am to 5pm and from 3pm to midnight," he said. – November 3, 2015.