LAPD testing electric bikes

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Zero Motorcycles lends bikes to the force

According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD is currently testing the Zero DS Police model, a fully electric dual sport motorcycle produced by California-based Zero Motorcycles. The LAPD is putting the Zero DS Police through its paces to see if it could become a useful addition to the force’s two-wheeled fleet. 

The Times reports that Scot Harden, Zero’s vice president of global marketing, says the company already has deals in place with other police forces in California and around the world. Even closer to home, campus police at Western University in London, Ontario, have also tested Zero’s police bike, as reported by Cycle Canada in October. 

But campus cops are small potatoes, and it’ll take deals with bigger forces – like the LAPD – to allow Zero to move enough units to maintain financial viability until civilian sales increase. “The fleet sales can give us volume while the consumer market comes around,” says Harden. 

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