The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is testing two different kinds of electric motorcycles, the "Empulse LE" by Brammo, Inc. and the "DS" by Zero Motorcycles. These new breeds of bikes would potentially replace gas guzzling the BMW and Harley Davidson motorcycles in the LAPD fleet, according to an article by the Associated Press that appeared on Fox News.
The reason for the initiative? Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is looking to make the
department’s fleet more efficient, decrease costs and lower the department’s carbon footprint.
The initial cost of the motorcycles is much cheaper than what the department is currently paying.
Their current bikes are around $35,000 a piece, while the “Empulse LE” goes for $24,995 and the "DS" for $17,945. There are also reduced costs because these bikes don’t need oil changes and don’t need to be fueled up.
The bikes can only go for about 130 city miles and then need to charge for about seven hours through a standard wall outlet. There is other equipment that can be purchased to reduce this charge time by several hours. This is one area that the LAPD is really testing, so it can see if having bikes with these limitations would work.