The Clovis Police Department in the San Joaquin Valley has purchased five Zero Electric Police motorcycles, which will immediately join the force’s existing BMW R1200s, patrolling the city’s streets, trails and events.
The five were purchased for just under $95,000, thanks to a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air District. Thirty more e-cycles are in the grant pipeline, and will soon go into service in Fresno and other locales in the Valley, which famously suffers from bad air quality.
The electric Zeros produce practically no noise and zero exhaust, according to John Weaver, who is in charge of the city’s motorcycle fleet. “The Zero motorcycles weigh just slightly over 400 pounds. You can go all day riding it, go home and plug it into a socket and it takes about eight hours and it recharges,” says Weaver.
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“They’re going to be used in areas where there’s a lot of traffic, areas where there’s maybe a lot of pedestrians and that’s a great area for a vehicle that’s not kicking nitrogen oxides out of the tailpipe,” said San Joaquin Valley Air District spokeswoman Jamie Holt.
Source: Valley Public Radio