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California Agency Acquires Zero Electric Motorcycle

January 06, 2011  | 


Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

The Scotts Valley (Calif.) Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle for patrol and traffic enforcement, according to the company.

Employing a quiet fully electric drivetrain, the Zero DS motorcycle is ideal for patrolling in urban areas where noise may be a factor, according to the company.

"We are excited to be the first police department in California to receive an electric Zero motorcycle because it will allow our officers to patrol more places, more often," according to Lt. John Hohmann of the Scotts Valley PD.

"Riding a police motorcycle requires a very special skill set because the officer needs to be alert and keep the public safe, while simultaneously scanning the area for criminal activity," added Lt. Hohmann. "We anticipate that the upright seating position, dual sport configuration and silent operation of the Zero DS is the perfect combination for local patrols, and we can't wait to put it to the test."

The Zero DS has a range of up to 50 miles and is highway legal. Each model employs proprietary Z-Force technology and an aircraft-grade aluminum frame to increase the bike's agility.

"The silent operation of the Zero DS allows each officer to hear what's going on around them, which enhances awareness and safety," according to Jay Friedland, Zero's vice president of sustainability. "Zero DS motorcycles also are a great cost-effective solution for small departments and we are proud to be able to support those who keep our communities safe."

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