“We want to ensure our members have access to the right tools to do their jobs effectively and efficiently and keep Vancouver safe,” said says Chief Const. Adam Palmer. “These motorcycles will work well in high pedestrian and cyclist areas and will allow our officers to safely interact with the public. And, since there is no exhaust and less noise, the bikes will be less disruptive.”
The new motorbikes will be put into use this week and they do not replace any of the Harley Davidson motorcycles currently in use, VPD added.
“It’s exciting to see VPD be one of the first police agencies in Canada to roll-out clean, green and quiet electric motorcycles as part of their fleet,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The VPD’s pure electric motorcycles are a welcome addition to the city, which already has the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in Canada.”
The electric motorcycles have no emissions and give off minimal heat and vibrations, according to VPD. They have a range of up to 227 kilometres in city riding on a full charge and a top speed of 165 kilometres per hour. The motorcycles are designed by Zero Motorcycles, a California-based manufacturer, specifically for use by police agencies. The bikes will be equipped with “everything a police officer needs,” including emergency lights and sirens, safety components and storage.
The VPD notes it already has two fully-electric cars and eight hybrid vehicles in its fleet for use by investigative and administrative staff. Another 20 fully-electric cars will be added later this year.
Zero Motorcycles tweeted VPD had become its 100th fleet partner in North America.
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