Electric Motorcycles Zero Launches 2012 DS Police Motorcycle (Updated Photos)

Zero Launches 2012 DS Police Motorcycle (Updated Photos)

2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle

Many law enforcement agencies across the world are showing their true green side by not only upgrading its forces with more motorcycles, but possibly adding electric motorcycles.

And Zero Motorcycles out of Scotts Valley, Calif., has been the leader for providing electric motorcycles to many police agencies; for the past two years, the company has provided electric motorcycles for field testing and review to the following agencies – the Santa Cruz Police Department, the Scotts Valley Police Department, tge Sebastopol Police Department and the largest law enforcement agency in London, England – the London Metropolitan Police.

Recognizing the need, Zero has now launched a new version of its popular 2012 Zero DS (dual sport) developed specifically for police and security agencies – the Zero DS Police Motorcycle.

Mark Cummings (Manager of Fleet Sales, Zero Motorcycles) says: “We are honored to have the support of so many different police and law enforcement agencies. 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. 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.”

Following are highlights and info on the 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle:

2012 Zero Police Base Model

  • Whelen LINZ 6 forward facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
  • Whelen LINZ 6 front facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
  • Whelen LINZ 6 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:

  • Rear top load 21 lt. 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 the perfect electric motorcycle for law enforcement applications. 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. With an air-cooled brushless motor and belt driven system, Zero offers some of the world’s easiest-to-own forms of transportation.

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.

For additional information on Zero Motorcycles, click here.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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