The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department recently purchased two all-electric Zero DS motorcycles.
The department is the first in the country among community college police forces to include the no-emission motorcycles as part of its fleet.
According to the department, the motorcycles meet the district’s long-term sustainability plan and offer cost savings on fuel and maintenance. The bikes have a range of approximately 130 miles on a single charge and top out at 95 mph, allowing adequate operation on highways and during low-speed patrols on the campuses.
“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit to the entire college community,” said Ron Levine, chief of police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “These bikes are quiet, cost effective and green, making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers.”
In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots on both campuses, which can be targets for auto burglars, he added.
“Because the bikes are nearly silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth,” Levine said.
According to police, the Scotts Valley-based company’s motorcycles can operate on- and off-road, making them versatile enough for both Foothill College’s more rural campus setting, which includes rolling hills and dirt pathways on the edges of the campus, and the more urban environment of De Anza College in Cupertino.
Levine learned of the Zero motorcycles after the San Jose State University Police Department became the first agency in Santa Clara County to use them.
“I immediately saw the value of electric motorcycles in the campus setting,” he said.