With all the shenanigans that take place on some college campuses, it’s easy to imagine that the police departments at these institutions have their hands full. Having the right kind of transportation can help university law enforcement officers deliver quick responses. At Mississippi State University (MSU), the police department has expanded its fleet to include electric motorcycles.
- MSU’s police force has added two electric motorcycles to its fleet.
- The bikes are made by Zero Motorcycles, a California-based manufacturer that focuses exclusively on electric motorbikes.
- They’re capable of reaching a top speed of over 90 miles per hour.
Quicker and cleaner than gas bikes
These bikes may be green, but make no mistake: they’re also pretty mean. “These are not little mopeds or chariots; they are full size, enduro-type motorcycles with a top speed of over 90 miles per hour and a faster 0-to-60 time than most gas motorcycles,” says MSU Chief of Police Vance Rice. And they deliver all this with less noise and air pollution than the typical gas-powered bike.
MSU’s police department has had a foot and bicycle patrol for years. While these types of patrol are friendly to the environment, they come with certain limitations concerning response time and range.
The new electric bikes have a range of over 70 miles per charge. They can quickly respond to calls, and they can make traffic stops. The only limitation is that they’re not able to easily transport prisoners.
“The motorcycles will be used on a regular basis throughout the year. I am really excited about the response advantage they will give us during game-day traffic,” says Rice.
WHY THIS MATTERS
For electrification to have a meaningful impact on our environment, it needs to infiltrate every nook and cranny. That includes college campuses such as MSU, so it’s good to see this institution taking a step toward electrified sustainability.