City Unveils Fleet Of Electric Motorcycles

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mayor Heather Fargo says the fleet of four scooters is a good example of the city’s goal to become sustainable. 

"This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak." 

She says the zero-emissions vehicles only cost a penny a mile to run. 

"So it’s incredibly cost efficient but it also leaves no carbon footprint." 

…and no noise pollution. The scooters hum along quietly...and that’ll help keep officers better aware of their surroundings.

Dana DeCosta is with Vectrix – the Massachusetts-based company that makes the vehicles. 

"You can hear the noises around you, you can hear when somebody’s brakes squeal ahead of you. Those things you can’t hear on a very loud bike." 

Veteran police officer Jeff Schaffer was one of the motorcycle cops on hand for a test drive. 

"I don’t see it being used a whole lot for chasing down speeders but for parking enforcement or neighborhood traffic patrols it’d be a good vehicle for that."   

And that says Mayor Fargo is what Sacramento has in mind.

The city will lease the vehicles for one dollar with an option to buy them after a three month trial period.