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Calif. College Purchases Electric Motorcycles

November 04, 2013

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.
Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

A northern California community college has added two of Zero Motorcycles' electric cycles to help the agency's patrol fleet meet sustainability goals.

Foothill–De Anza Community College in Los Altos Hills purchased two 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycles that will be assigned to officers who patrol the campus. The agency chose the motorcycle due to its ease of use, maneuverability, near silent ride and green initiatives, the company announced.

"We simply couldn't believe the power and the overall performance the Zero DS had to offer," said Police Chief Ron Levine of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. "Our officers can now more efficiently do their job, while also operating without the reliance on fuel, keeping with our College District's commitment to sustainability."

The police version of the Zero DS has an approximate range of 112 miles on a single charge and can reach speeds of 80 mph. It takes about eight hours to charge. Zero's police DS motorcycle arrives equipped with emergency lighting and sirens, safety components, and storage options for duty gear and emergency medical equipment.

Several other northern California agencies are using Zero DS Police motorcycles including the San Jose State University Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department, and Scotts Valley Police Department. The Los Angeles Police Department has begun testing the motorcycle.

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