Electric motorcycles are increasingly entering police fleets for patrol, but now we could see e-bikes entering the mix as well, thanks to the new Delfast Top Cop e-bike.
Delfast Top Cop Electric Police Bike
Delfast’s Top Cop e-bike is based on the company’s Top 2.0 high-power e-bikes.
The Top 2.0 is (believe it or not) a consumer-focused 50 mph (80 km/h) e-bike. Although the “bike” part is debatable. Sure, there are pedals, but they’re pretty much residual at this point.
The original Top featured a 3 kW motor, but the upgraded Top 2.0 has a new 5 kW motor.
Delfast even claims that the bike’s improved acceleration should be “capable of competing with most regular cars over a quarter-mile distance.”
The Top Cop version of the bike also gets a battery large enough for a range of 174 miles (280 km), according to the company. I’m not sure bike cops travel that far during a patrol shift, but that means they should have plenty of juice in the tank for a number of fast-paced activities.
And that long range fits well with Delfast’s history of high capacity batteries. A few years ago, the company broke the Guinness World Record for the longest e-bike ride on a single charge without pedaling.
Delfast believes its Top Cop e-bike could save police departments a considerable amount of money. Compared to electric motorcycles, the company estimates that its Top Cop electric bikes will cost about $2,000 less per year in maintenance and operating costs, not to mention the lower purchase price.
Delfast is already in discussions with over 20 police departments regarding Top Cop e-bikes, which they can customize with a number of tactical accessories. The standard loadout consists of a siren, police lights, loadout boxes, GPS tracking, engine lock and something they call “remote launch” which, I think, means remote start, but which I hope is either an ejection seat or Tesla Summon-style self-driving.
Testing is currently underway with police departments in the Northeast United States, and Delfast hopes to begin testing with police departments on the West Coast soon.
They say cops should be equipped at least as well as criminals, right?
So if there are guys on the Consumer Facing Top 2.0 who are spinning at 50 mph, shouldn’t the cops have their own 50 mph e-bikes to catch them?
In any serious case, I can see this as a very good deal. Not only will they save a lot of money on electric motorcycles, but cops on these high-powered electric bikes can actually go where motorcycles can’t. And for city use, 50 mph is probably fast enough. Most traffic violations don’t end in high-speed chases, and so an e-bike is perfectly capable of stopping cars that run red lights, roll through stop signs, or swerve. illegal U-turns. I would say this e-bike could accomplish a lot of what a normal traffic cop’s daily routine requires.
The downside is that they won’t be able to pull over to speed Teslas on the freeway like cops can on Zero electric motorcycles, but the benefits of low-intensity police contact might offset that. It will still take cops on cars and motorcycles, but high-powered e-bikes could provide excellent utility for many of the in-between scenarios that crop up daily.
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