Zero Motorcycles has developed a specialized police version of its 2012 Zero DS that aims to give law enforcement and security agencies a fuel-free and silent tactical advantage.
The Zero DS Police Motorcycle was developed in collaboration with a number of police, security and military agencies from around the world. Zero launched the project to address increasing interest in its electric motorcycles from agencies around the world. Zero reports that law enforcement agencies are one of the company’s fastest growing segments.
“During the process of building out the 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle, we worked closely with police officers and suppliers to ensure that our final product met the demands of enforcement agencies,” said Mark Cummings, Zero’s manager of fleet sales. “Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve, so our goal was to give them all the tools necessary to allow them to be successful. The resulting Zero DS Police Motorcycle opens up new patrolling possibilities.”
Zero has worked with the Santa Cruz Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, Sebastopol Police Department and the largest law enforcement agency in London, England – the London Metropolitan Police — to allow for thorough field testing and review. The company said that new requests continue to come in for Zero as Spain has also adopted a fleet of Zero’s Police Motorcycles for traffic enforcement purposes. Reflecting the growing trend in environmentally and socially responsible transportation, law enforcement agencies are looking at electric motorcycles and Zero Motorcycles for the next generation of enforcement vehicles to boost their environmental credentials, the company reports.
The 2012 Zero police base model features:
- Whelen LINZ six forward facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
- Whelen LINZ six front facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
- Whelen LINZ six rear facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
- Emergency lighting harness
- Programmable Whelen siren system
- Front battery/frame protection bars
- 4-way emergency flasher system
- Head light/tail light cut switch
Available options include:
- Rear top load 21 liter hard cases with mounts
- Detachable windshield
- Quick charge kit
- Upgrade siren with plug-in PS microphone
- White or gloss black hard case covers/lids
- Auxiliary rear LED brake/tail light with license plate
- Aluminum hand guards with spoilers
- Front axle sliders
The Zero DS is available in 6 or 9 kWh configurations, the range of the motorcycle is measured by the EPA UDDS at 70 or 112 miles on a single charge, respectively. It offers a top speed of 80 mph with a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm.
With instant torque, no shifting, no noise, no exhaust, minimal heat production and a low weight, the Zero DS Police Motorcycle allows enforcement agencies to patrol in areas that would otherwise be highly impractical or impossible using an internal combustion motorcycle. In addition, the Zero DS features a maintenance-free powertrain that also offers regenerative braking to partially recoup energy during deceleration.
Zero Motorcycles’ Z-Force power pack uses a battery cell chemistry and configuration that is incredibly energy dense and rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80 percent capacity. All of Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology, meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners and agencies an exceptional ride while also saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.
Zero Motorcycle press release posted by Dennis Johnson