Ripon Police: Continuing a Commitment to Green-Policing
Ripon Ca. – The Ripon Police Department has received both state and national recognition for their unique adoption of emerging technologies. The department is continuing their commitment to leveraging green-technology to combat crime in their city. The Ripon Police Department was one of the first cities in the valley to incorporate electric bicycle patrols. The department incorporated electric Compact Adult Scooters (CAT) in the schools and at special events. The department was a leader in the utilization of electric GEM cars on patrol. The Ripon Police Department was one of the first law enforcement agencies in the state to implement daily patrols utilizing compressed natural gas (CNG) patrol cars.
On May 5, the police department was approved for a San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Grant for alternative fuel vehicles in the amount of $40,000, $20,000 per vehicle. The grant was for the specific purchase of two electric motorcycles, and fully covers the purchase cost of the two vehicles. The City Council had previously approved the application and subsequent acceptance of the grant at a November 19, 2013 City Council Meeting.
The purpose of the SJVAPCD Program is to fund the purchase of new electric, plug-in hybrid, or alternative fuel vehicles for public agencies to promote clean air alternative-fuel technologies and the use of low or zero emission vehicles in public fleets.
The police department took delivery of (2) Zero Motorcycles on May 23rd. The on-off road motorcycles have already been used for traffic enforcement. The electric motorcycles have proven too been a great success in off-road areas along the Stanislaus River.
Here is some information specific to our Zero Motorcycles:
-121 mile range on a single charge
-Standard 110v or 220v input
-Charge time 7.9 hours (standard)
-Approximate cost to fully charge $1.28
-Estimated 272,000 miles on battery pack life
-Powered by a passively air-cooled, permanent magnet, brushless
-Direct drive clutch less transmission
-98 mph top speed
-Curb weight 428 pounds
The motorcycles will be on display for our community to view and to give our citizens a chance to speak with police department staff on June 5 at the Farmers Market.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336