The Police – Unplugged
Zero, a U.S. manufacturer of electric motorcycles, recently presented a special version of its Zero DS designed for police services and security agencies. According to Zero hyperbole, its 2012 DS Police “requires no fuel and offers a silent tactical advantage.”
The 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle was developed to satisfy a claimed international demand, and for the past two years, various law enforcement and military agencies have been testing the suitability of Zero motorcycles for their field work.
“We are honored to have the support of so many different police and law enforcement agencies,” said Mark Cummings, Zero’s Manager of Fleet Sales. “During the process of building 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. 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.”
To date, Zero has worked with California police departments in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and Sebastopol, and also the London Metropolitan Police in England. Spain too has acquired a fleet of Zero motorcycles for traffic enforcement use.
The base 2012 Zero DS Police differs from a regular DS by its use of an emergency lighting harness, LED emergency lights, a programmable siren system, special protection bars, a 4-way emergency flasher, and a cut-off switch for the headlight and rear lights.
Just like a regular motorcycle, police departments have the option of loading up their bikes with available accessories from Zero that include a 21 litre top case, a detachable windshield, an upgraded siren with a plug-in microphone, hand guards with spoilers, and front axle sliders.
The Zero DS, which serves as the basis for the special police motorcycle, is available with either a 6 or 9 kWh power pack with respective claimed ranges of 112 and 179 kilometers. Top speed for the motorcycle is said to be 128 km/h. At the core of every Zero on- and off-road motorcycle is a Z-Force power pack, a battery with an energy dense cell chemistry that is rated at 3,000 complete charge cycles before it is reduced to 80 percent capacity. The motorcycle, which uses an air-cooled brushless motor and a belt final drive, features regenerative braking, so it can partially recoup energy while decelerating.
Zero states that the instant torque, quiet acceleration, shift-less transmission, minimal heat production, and low weight of the DS makes it ideally suited for police work. The electric motorcycle, according to Zero, allows police to patrol in areas that would be either impractical or impossible for motorcycles with an internal combustion engines and that it was designed to exceed the expected longevity of a conventional motorcycle while saving on gas and requiring less powertrain maintenance.