London’s Metropolitan Police are testing out a new kind of motorcycle in urban patrol settings. The bike, made by Zero Motorcycles, is known as the Zero DS, and it runs off electricity.
The department’s BikeSafe and ScooterSafe programs will be using the electric motorcycle as they travel around the country giving briefings to raise awareness of motorcycle-safety issues and to help prevent motorcycle accidents. The department also has a Motorcycle Tasking Team, who will be using the Zero DS on a variety of missions.
Zero is implementing a strategy to use police, military and other fleets to test their line of electric bikes as well as increase exposure to consumers. Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, California law enforcement agencies are using them, as well as the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Zero DS comes with a range of 75 miles or 112 miles, depending on what power package you choose. It is capable of achieving speeds of up to 80 mph, and the manufacturer claims it can recharge in as little as four hours.
It will be interesting to see how many consumers will be wooed by the advantages of electric bikes. It certainly will not hurt to have the exposure produced through law enforcement use.
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