Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Greensboro To Buy Electric Motorcycles?

The Greensboro City Council is voting tonight on whether or not the City will spend $20,155 to go along with  $41,550 in grants from the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University to buy 2 electric motorcycles for the Greensboro Police Department.

I'm not privy as to what brands or models of electric motorcycles they are considering but for those of you who haven't kept up with the technology in recent years, at least 2 American companies Brammo and Zero are now making great bikes that would have no issues doing what police departments need motorcycles to do. After all, it's not like the next chief will be sending officers cross country depending on batteries.

As a matter of fact, several brands of modern electric motorcycles are quite capable of exceeding 100 miles per hour and traveling over 100 miles between charging the batteries. And considering that maintenance and operating costs for these new bikes are far lower than for conventional motorcycles it just makes scene.

Already US Special Forces are employing electric motorcycles made by Zero and the Brammo 6 speed electric motorcycle changed the way electric motorcycles are built.

Of course, nothing will ever replace Harley Davidsons leading the parade in the minds of most American motorcycle enthusiasts, even those of us who would like to own an electric motorcycle.