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Placerville police to quietly patrol trails on electric motorcycle

Placerville police officers will quietly patrol the city’s parks and trails on an electric motorcycle.
Placerville police officers will quietly patrol the city’s parks and trails on an electric motorcycle. Placerville Police Department

Placerville police will be using an electric motorcycle to quietly patrol the community’s parks and trails.

The Zero brand electric motorcycle is designed for police to patrol trails and streets in a cost-effective manner, according to a Police Department news release. The dual-purpose motorcycle will allow officers to patrol the city’s expanding trail system and navigate hillsides to increase public safety. The vehicle is nearly silent and produces no emissions, officials said.

The motorcycle is being deployed in keeping with the department’s recently developed strategic plan, which specifically calls for establishing ongoing patrols in parks and along biking, walking and jogging trails, police said.

“The capabilities of the Zero motorcycle is a force multiplier,” Commander Kim Nida, who oversees the department traffic section, said in a written statement. “The motorcycle, combined with our bike patrol units, will maximize public safety on trails and increase positive interactions between officers and the public we serve.”

The motorcycle has a regenerative braking system and can go about 164 miles on one charge. Upkeep costs about 2 cents per mile compared with 63 cents per mile for conventional motorcycles, police said. Zero motorcycles can be plugged into a standard outlet and come with a “quick charge” feature that allows a fast boost when necessary for activities such as parades, enforcement checkpoints and special enforcement details.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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