Los Angeles police tests new electric motorcycles

Oct 09, 2013 by Tami Abdollah

The Los Angeles Police Department is testing two types of electric motorcycles as part of an effort to increase efficiency, decrease its carbon footprint and ultimately cut costs.

Such bikes are already used by a growing number of across the country, from New York to Oregon, and around the world, from Bogota, Colombia, to Hong Kong.

It's a different, somewhat sleeker look than their traditionally burlier gas-powered BMW and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Sgt. Dan Gomez says the department is looking at using them for foot beats and specialized events.

The LAPD is also studying how the motorcycles' limited range of fewer than 130 miles on one charge will affect policing.

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antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Oct 09, 2013
The LAPD is also studying how the motorcycles' limited range of fewer than 130 miles on one charge will affect policing.

No long distnaces chases. But, dear god, they'll get you within the first few hundred meters. Electric motors have huge torque - which means insane acceleration given their relatively low weight.

(If you want to see how much superior electric motorcycles are at drag races over their conventional counterparts go to youtube and search for "killacycle".)