SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement, according to a release from Zero Motorcycles.

Lt. John Hohmann of the Scotts Valley Police Department said some benefits of the motorcycle are the upright seating position, dual sport configuration, and silent operation.

According to the company, the motorcycle's silent operation allows officers to better hear their surroundings, enhancing awareness and safety. It is also beneficial in urban areas where noise may be a factor.

Built using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero achieves excellent power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability, according to the company. The Zero DS has a range of up to 50 miles and is highway legal.