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Published on May 25th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Police Get Nissan Leafs & Zero S Electric Motorcycles In Hong Kong & UK



The Nissan Leaf is getting a bit of a masculinity boost with its recent inclusion into a UK police force. And dozens of Zero electric motorcycles, in no need of a masculinity boost, are also on their way to a police force… this one in Hong Kong. More details via EV Obsession:

Police fleets in Hong Kong and the UK recently got electric motorcycles and Nissan Leafs (respectively) for their crime-fighting (or crime-dealing, depending who they are) duties.

The UK order, for the West Midlands police force, is the largest UK order to date for the Nissan Leaf. 30 cars were delivered to the police force. The vehicles will be used for non-emergency trips. 10 policing units will be using the cars. Notably, the UK just recently started manufacturing Nissan Leafs, resulting in a considerable price cut. There’s no indication if that was part of the rationale for the purchase or not.

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Of course, this follows the news that New York City is now engaging in a Nissan Leaf taxi pilot program. Nissan must be happy about the growing interest in using Leafs in fleets and such.

Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Nissan, New York City Launch Leaf Electric Vehicle Taxi Pilot. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)



It was also recently announced that city of Hong Kong was making the city’s largest single-fleet purchase of Zero S electric motorcycles, ordering 59 of the bad boys. Most of them will be used by the police force. Though, some of them will actually be used by the Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

The 2012 Zero S motorcycles normally have an 89-mile single-charge range and a top speed of 88 miles per hour, but the ones sold to the police in this special order “have been up fitted with a series of components developed exclusively for traffic enforcement.”

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  • James Wimberley

    “(or crime-dealing, depending who they are)”?
    Unless you can link to recent scandals involving members of the West Midlands and Hong Kong police forces, this slur is out of place and irrelevant.

    • Otis11

      I think the term for “crime fighting” in London is “crime-dealing” and that there is no slur intended…

      But I could be wrong – I’m not British after all…

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