Vegas Police Soon to Patrol on Electric Bikes

Will Vegas PD use their new electric bikes in future police rodeo's?

If the image of a motorcycle cop, roaring up on his Harley-Davison, outfit complete with sunglasses and jackboots intimidates you, then have no fear.  Beginning in this month, Vegas PD’s motorcops will portray a nicer, more enco friendly image.

Las Vegas Metro PD is going green with seven electric motorcycles that will cruise the Convention Center Area Command, an area which includes the Strip.

The motorcycles were paid for by a $50,000 donation from the Consumer Electronics Association, and are said to “quietly” reach speeds of more than 50 mph.

Which is great if you dislike the annoying noise conventional gasoline engines produce, or the nuisance of having to chase suspected casino robbers who use pesky high powered sport bikes as their getaway vehicles.  Not that the Harley fleet had any chance of catching fleeing robbers on sportbikes anyway, but at least you’d hope they could scare the crap out of them

Metro’s announcement of the new motorcycle fleet comes as thousands of attendees begin arriving for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Yamaha Stock Offering Raises Cash for Electric Cycle Research

Yamaha Electric Concept Motorcycle

According to a report from Reuters News service, Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor Co said it will raise up to 76.1 billion yen ($812 million) in a share sale to finance the development of fuel-efficient engines and low-cost bikes for emerging markets.

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