In a continuous effort to keep Police forces on the cutting edge of technology, the LAPD have recently turned to California based, Zero Cycles, to create a one-off LAPD electric patrol motorcycle.
The Zero MMX police/military motorcycle is a 100% electric cycle that meet all specific military and law enforcement demands. After an extensive and exhaustive testing session the bike performed beyond expectations. Not only for the officers but also for the community. The benefit of adding an all electric drivetrain to a motorcycle is a reduction in noise and maintenance. Not to mention an added benefit of little to no environmental impact.
“There are major benefits to incorporating these environmentally friendly motorcycles. It costs less than 50 cents to charge compared to using gallons of gas, maintenance is simple, and the community appreciates how quiet they are,” reports Officer Steve Carbajal of the L.A.P.D. Off-Road Unit. “Most importantly, our officers have an added tactical advantage while on patrol."
When you think of a raid on a meth lab or on a mob boss’ hideout, stealth can be your greatest advantage. Police loose the edge when the bad guys hear them coming miles away. A quite, all-terrain vehicle can ensure the baddies aren’t going anywhere fast, should they have a spontaneous need to flee the scene.
The Zero cycles have already been performing active duty around the globe including, Columbia, San Jose State University and Hong Kong. So it's nice to see the local LAPD playing catch up and utilizing a domestic electric bike in their fleet.
L.A.P.D. joins a rapidly expanding list of agencies adding Zero Motorcycles to their fleet. Zero’s police motorcycles are fully electric and designed exclusively for police and security departments. They can be customized with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components, and plenty of functional storage options to carry gear, patrol items, and emergency medical equipment. Motorcycles are currently available for a three-day evaluation program.