Ceres police get three electric motorcycles

04/03/2014 8:00 PM

04/03/2014 10:38 PM

The Ceres Police Department has purchased three electric motorcycles for its traffic unit with grant funding from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The grant funding is geared toward creating an air-pollution-free environment in the Central Valley. The Zero DS police motorcycles will be introduced to the public during an event at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth St.

Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk said buying the motorcycles is part of an effort to preserve the environment and increase policing efficiencies. “We are also interested in the health benefits for the officers by decreasing their exposure to the exhaust of traditional motorcycles,” de Werk said in a news release.

The motorcycles’ entire cost was covered by the air district grant. Department officials said they chose the Zero DS motorcycles because of their reliability, low maintenance, battery range and capacity, maneuverability and lightweight chassis.

In addition to traffic enforcement, the motorcycles can be used in enforcement situations that require a stealthy approach, as well as for community outreach and school safety patrols.

The motorcycles are fully equipped with emergency lights and sirens and have storage for patrol gear and emergency medical equipment.

“Police departments rely on their fleet motorcycles and vehicles every day while in the line of duty, and we are proud to be able to play a role in providing a motorcycle that meets police and department needs,” said John Lloyd said in the news release. He is the vice president for global sales at Zero Motorcycles, a California-based company.

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