Hawaii Uh-Oh … Police Getting ZERO Electric Motorcycles (w/ video)

Electric Police Motorcycle

Electric motorcycles have been making big strides lately. The most significant is probably Brammo mating their powerful electric motors to an honest-to-goodness 6-speed transmission … but this is very likely going to be that industry’s most visible move yet: ZERO is building police bikes.

CHiPs fans who want to relive the glory days of high-speed police chases and cutting back crime while they’re cutting down on LA’s smog will love the 2013 police models from ZERO. These ’13 versions of the DS and S (the models that these police bikes are based on) are nearly twice as powerful as the 2012 variants, and can go about 10 percent further on a full charge. The ZERO police bikes have a range of about 120 miles inside the city, making them good for a typical day shift and fast enough to chase down 90% of what’s out there. Beefier tires, updated styling and more on-board storage are also part of the Police/Security package.

Expect to see these bikes on the road sometime later this year, and watch out while traveling! ZERO is trying to sell these fast-response law enforcement police motorcycles to Asian and European agencies as well. You can see the bikes in action in the video, below …

… and read the official ZERO press release, below. Enjoy!

ZERO Motorcycles Announces All-New 2013 Zero Police And Security Motorcycles

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the launch of its all-new 2013 Zero Police and Security line-up. In 2012, the highly popular Zero DS Police Motorcycle led the market as the only law enforcement product offering by Zero, but 2013 will see both the Zero S and Zero DS outfitted for law enforcement and security details. Appropriately titled the Zero S Police/Security and Zero DS Police/Security, both were developed specifically for police and security agencies. Zero Motorcycles set out to offer two distinct models this year because the company saw a significant increase in demand for street and dual sport police motorcycles on a global level with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well. After launching the 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle, many law enforcement agencies have now had the model in the field for more than a year and demand continues to rise for the popular motorcycle. Law enforcement agencies have found the motorcycle to be incredibly reliable, maneuverable and economically feasible. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international law enforcement, security and military agencies. This new model is the result of these collaborative efforts.

“After seeing the success the 2012 model had in the field, we decided to expand our 2013 police and security offerings. To have the support of so many different law enforcement agencies and security organizations is an incredible honor,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “As we stated last year, police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve, so it’s imperative that we give them all the tools necessary to allow them to be successful. The 2013 Police and Security line-up does that exceptionally well.”

Law enforcement agencies continue to be one of Zero’s fastest growing segments. In 2012, Zero worked with the Monterey Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department, San Jose State University Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department and the largest law enforcement agency in London, England – the London Metropolitan Police, to allow for thorough field-testing and review. Zero has also provided Zero DS Police Motorcycles for corporate security details as well (company’s identities remain anonymous).

2013 Zero Police/Security Motorcycle – Base Model

2013 Zero S or Zero DS
Power pack option of ZF8.5 or ZF11.4
Color option of black or white
Whelen TIR-3 forward facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
Whelen TIR-3 front facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
Whelen TIR-3 rear facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
Emergency lighting harness
Programmable Whelen siren system with PA and microphone
Front battery/frame protection bars
4-way emergency flasher system
Head light/tail light cut switch and harness
Available Options

Side mounted rear top-load 21 liter hard cases (black) with mounts
Rear top box (black) large with rack
Rear top box (white) L415xW300xH300mm
Rear top box (white) L280xW200xH80mm
Detachable wind screen (medium)
Quick charge kit with adapter
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
Telescoping pole light with blue LED/mounts/harness

The 2013 police and security motorcycles are built off the platforms of the all-new 2013 Zero S and Zero DS. Both models are 93 percent more powerful, generate 62 percent more torque and yield 10 percent greater city range as compared against the equivalent 2012 models. The dual sport configuration is able to travel 121 miles (city), or 74 miles (55 mph highway), on a single charge. The street configuration is able to travel 132 miles (city), or 83 miles (55 mph highway) on a single charge. Both motorcycles have incredible range and performance. Using a new optional CHAdeMO charging accessory, the models can be re-charged to 95 percent at a charging station in an hour or less. Featuring Zero Motorcycles’ completely new Z-Force™ motor and higher-voltage power system, both motorcycles deliver instant acceleration that is both impressive and, without ever needing to shift, incredibly smooth. This sophisticated, yet elegantly simple, power delivery system allows riders to take on more challenging terrain or road conditions by eliminating peripheral inconveniences such as clutching or shifting. The brushless motor is sealed to ensure longevity and operates with such high efficiency that it requires no mechanical cooling systems whatsoever.

The Zero S Police/Security and Zero DS Police/Security motorcycles also feature new bodywork styling, on-board storage, Nissin brakes and mobile device integration. A new two-up seat, refined frame and passenger pegs provide improved comfort and control for both the rider and passenger. For improved off-road handling and to accommodate a wider variety of tires, the Zero DS Police/Security uses new 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tires. The Zero S Police/Security uses 17-inch tires on the front and 17-inch on the rear. Offering a new level of personalization, the Z-Force™ powertrain integrates with mobile devices, via Bluetooth, allowing riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

Source | Photos: ZERO, via the Autoblog.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.