As the EV market slowly but steadily takes shape, companies are identifying more and more niches that are perfect fits for electrification.
As the EV market slowly but steadily takes shape, companies are identifying more and more niches that are perfect fits for electrification. Santa Cruz, California-based Zero Motorcycles is targeting the law enforcement market with its 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle.
Of course, electric cycles offer benefits to any organization – savings on fuel costs and maintenance, instant torque and shift-free riding. But police departments may be especially attracted to the Zero DS’s silent operation, which could allow them to sneak up on miscreants, and its lack of exhaust, which makes for more pleasant operation on crowded city streets or even indoors.
The Zero DS is designed for both on- and off-road use, has a top speed of 80 mph and features regenerative braking. It’s available with either a 6-kWh or 9-kWh battery pack, which are rated by the EPA at 70 or 112 miles of range. Special features for the folks in blue include LED lights, a siren, emergency flashers and optional saddlebags and a detachable windshield. Prices start at $15,845 for the 6-kWh version and $18,345 for the 9-kWh version.
Source: Zero Motorcycles
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