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Las Vegas Police Receive Electric Bikes

Chaparral Motorsports
January 5, 2011
Las Vegas police receive electric bikes

Many organizations are embracing green technology, and the Las Vegas Police Department is the latest to take the plunge after a donation from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

In an effort to help the department go green, the CEA donated seven Vectrix electric bikes to the department, which retail for around $10,000 each. The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes that the bikes have a top speed of 65 miles per hour, but officers won't likely ever have to push the bike to that limit. That's because they won't be used in high-speed chases, but rather in pedestrian-congested areas like the Strip, where bikes are preferable to police cars.

The bikes can travel between 35 and 55 miles on a single charge, and officers say that they can usually charge the bikes up on their lunch break, plugging them in to a regular wall socket.

Several of the officers have already undergone a training course in order to learn how to use the new bikes, which they say ride differently from their traditional modes of transport.

"It takes a completely different riding set and style," officer Michael Loving told the news source. "It sits low, and there's a balancing dynamic. You'll get officers who try this out who are really surprised about how they handle." 

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