Electro-Cop: L.A.P.D. to Use Zero Electric Motorcycles

Jul 01, 2014 View Comments by

Electro-Cop: L.A.P.D. to Use Zero Electric MotorcyclesThe nature of electric vehicles can make them ideally suited for use in law enforcement. Their limited range and long recharging time (as compared to filling up with gas) aren’t as important for patrol vehicles since they’re never asked to travel long distances. Other EV Electro-Cop: L.A.P.D. to Use Zero Electric Motorcyclestraits like the need for very little maintenance, their extreme quietness, and very low operating cost also make them highly attractive to law enforcement agencies. In a city famous for its smog, they’re even more appealing. These are some of the reasons why the Los Angeles Police Department recently purchased a number of Zero MMX police motorcycles. The Z-Force motor in the MMX produces 54 horsepower and 68 pound feet of torque and the bike can be used both on and off road. The energy used to charge the battery costs around $.50 and offers the equivalent range of several gallons of gas, which is sure to save the L.A.P.D a substantial amount of money over the life of each bike. Another advantage the Zero has over conventional bikes is that, since there are no noxious exhaust fumes, the MMX can be safely operated indoors.

According to Zero, the company is working with a number of law enforcement agencies, and even the military, to produce the next generation of electric patrol vehicles. With the heavy use that can be expected from these early adopters, you can bet the future development of electric motorcycles to move along rapidly.



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