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Berea police keeping the peace with all-electric motorcycle

A Berea police officer on the department's electric motorcycle. (Source: WLEX) A Berea police officer on the department's electric motorcycle. (Source: WLEX)

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Police in one central Kentucky town are keeping the peace with a new all-electric, virtually silent motorcycle.

Berea Police Chief David Gregory told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1bynkOO ) the department is the first law enforcement agency in the state to use an environmentally friendly all-electric motorcycle.

The Zero DSP ZF9.4 motorcycle has a top speed of 98 mph and cost $21,000. Gregory says it will be used to patrol trails and parks, where its quiet operation won't interfere with people relaxing.

The bike gets about 100 miles per charge. An eight-hour charge costs about $1.28. Manufacturer specifications say the equivalent fuel economy for city driving is 409 miles per gallon.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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