London's boys in blue are to embark on a greener era of patrol with the unveiling of the Metropolitan Police's first electric motorcycle: the 2011 Zero DS.

The police squad confirmed this week that it's to trial a Zero Dual Sport (DS) bike manufactured by Zero Motorcycles. The Met squad will use the electric bike in its Motorcycle Tasking Team and in its BikeSafe and ScooterSafe programs. Mick Cheeseman, sergeant in the Motorcycle Tasking Team, says the electric Zero DS will be tested "under everyday police conditions" to assess whether or not it's suitable for widespread use within the squad.

Zero Motorcycles Europe's managing director, Edwin Belonje, predicts London's police will be impressed with the electric motorcycle:
The Zero DS will provide them with an insight into the huge benefits of electric vehicles, including noise reduction – particularly relevant in pedestrian areas – reduced running costs as there are minimal servicing and maintenance costs associated with electric vehicles, and obviously lower fuel costs.
London's trial follows a similar action taken by the Scotts Valley police force in California, which has seen the department use the Zero DS for stealth patrol.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      ...But how good are they at running over protesters?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      e-Bobbies sounds good if they are not too expensive
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Type your comment Hey folks, just test drove one of these an hour ago! Pretty neat but not my cup-o-tea. Short review: Obvious stuff, the lack of a clutch and shifter was akward at first but I got used to it fairly quickly... the lack of engine breaking necessitates heavy use of the brakes, which are somewhat lacking. The bike is thin too, my legs have nothing to straddle, obviously because there no gas tank there. The ergonomics felt very scooter like, nothing like my GSXR. I did find the bike was plenty fast for commuting, even touched 75 a few times and I would feel fairly confident taking it out on normal highways. Overall, was pretty impressed, but I will wait for something more sporty.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        you do realize that all your points are positives?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Have you checked out the Agility Saietta?
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Well, yeah. Its a great bike other than just getting used to a few of the differences it has with ICE bikes, which are indeed positives. I can get over that stuff, but I am just gonna wait for something a bit more sporty like the Brammo Empulse which (hopefully) will be available next summer. Or, perhaps Zero will have something of that sort available too.
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice sale, Zero motorcycles!
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very good idea. Another sensible 'green' initiative by Mayor Boris Johnson (despite the previous failed Vectrix fleet purchase). Judging from the articles accompanying photo, London seems to have changed a bit! :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good going! Police are one of the most fuel dependent departments of the government, and switching to sustainable energy allows them to protect the streets without having to worry about the environmental impact. Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green) http://www.GreenJoyment.com