Zero Motorcycles unveils 2013 police, security vehicle lineup

Publish Date: 
Feb 12, 2013

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles today announced its 2013 Zero Police and Security lineup.

In 2012, the Zero DS Police Motorcycle was the company’s only law enforcement model, but 2013 sees both the Zero S streetbike and the Zero DS dual-sport outfitted for law enforcement and security details.

Zero Motorcycles developed the Zero S Police/Security and Zero DS Police/Security specifically for police and security agencies. The company said it decided to offer two models this year because it saw “a significant increase in demand for street and dual-sport police motorcycles on a global level, with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well.”

Zero claims to work with a variety of international law enforcement, security and military agencies. The 2013 lineup is the result of these collaborative efforts.

“After seeing the success the 2012 model had in the field, we decided to expand our 2013 police and security offerings,” said John Lloyd, vice president of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “To have the support of so many different law enforcement agencies and security organizations is an incredible honor.”

In 2012, Zero worked with California’s Monterey Police Department, Santa Cruz Police Department, San Jose State University Police Department, and Scotts Valley Police Department, as well as overseas with the London Metropolitan Police. Zero also has provided Zero DS Police Motorcycles for corporate security details.

2013 Zero Police/Security Motorcycle — Base Model Features

  • 2013 Zero S or Zero DS
  • Power pack option of ZF8.5 or ZF11.4
  • Color option of black or white
  • Whelen TIR-3 forward-facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
  • Whelen TIR-3 front-facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
  • Whelen TIR-3 rear-facing LEDs (red/blue or amber)
  • Emergency lighting harness
  • Programmable Whelen siren system with PA and microphone
  • Front battery/frame protection bars
  • Four-way emergency flasher system
  • Head light/tail light cut switch and harness

2013 Zero Police/Security Motorcycle — Options

  • Side-mounted rear top-load 21-liter hard cases (black) with mounts
  • Rear top box (black) large with rack
  • Rear top box (white) L415xW300xH300mm
  • Rear top box (white) L280xW200xH80mm
  • Detachable wind screen (medium)
  • Quick-charge kit with adapter
  • Upgrade siren with plug-in PS microphone
  • White or gloss black hard case covers/lids
  • Auxiliary rear LED brake/tail light with license plate
  • Aluminum hand guards with spoilers
  • Telescoping pole light with blue LED/mounts/harness

The 2013 Police and Security motorcycles are built off the platforms of the new 2013 Zero S and Zero DS. Both models are 93 percent more powerful, generate 62 percent more torque and yield 10 percent greater city range as compared against the equivalent 2012 models, according to Zero.

The dual-sport is reportedly able to travel 121 miles (city), or 74 miles (55 mph highway), on a single charge. The streetbike is able to travel 132 miles (city), or 83 miles (55 mph highway) on a single charge.

Using a new optional CHAdeMO charging accessory, the models can be recharged to 95 percent at a charging station in an hour or less. Featuring Zero Motorcycles’ new Z-Force motor and higher-voltage power system, both motorcycles deliver instant acceleration without shifting or clutching.

The Zero S Police/Security and Zero DS Police/Security motorcycles also feature new bodywork styling, on-board storage, Nissin brakes and mobile device integration. A new two-up seat, refined frame and passenger pegs provide improved comfort and control for both the rider and passenger.

For improved off-road handling and to accommodate a wider variety of tires, the Zero DS Police/Security uses new 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tires. The Zero S Police/Security uses 17-inch tires on the front and 17-inch on the rear.

The Z-Force powertrain integrates with mobile devices, via Bluetooth, allowing riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

A Zero Motorcycles news release states that the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard is the most widely adopted DC fast-charging standard, with more than 1,600 stations worldwide. Zero says that car maker Nissan estimates that 2,000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California. Based on cited Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy Zero Motorcycles.