For Immediate Release: October 23, 2012
Providence College Tests Environmentally Friendly Electric Motorcycle
Providence, R.I. – Providence College is the first higher education institution in Rhode Island to test an electric motorcycle for its Office of Safety and Security (OSS).
The cycle — the Enertia Plus LE — is a product of Oregon-based Brammo, Inc. The company is loaning the cycle to PC for a brief period in hopes the College can help gauge its potential as a useful law enforcement tool for campuses.
Major John Leyden, executive director of OSS, says he first learned about the cycle at a conference. “We will have the scooter for about four weeks and will then give it back to the manufacturer along with feedback on its use and performance,” said Leyden.
Leyden said the cycle would be used for on-campus patrols only. Members of the OSS with a valid motorcycle license, which is about one-fourth of the department’s staff, can operate the electric cycle. If the experiment is a success, Leyden says the cycle would help save the college money while also helping to preserve the environment.
“The motorcycle functions quietly which allows the officer riding it to better hear what is going on around him or her while on campus,” said Leyden.
Facts about the Enertia:
It can reach a top speed of 60 mph.
It costs about 11 cents per hour to operate (electricity).
It can be ridden in the same conditions as any other urban motorcycle.
It takes approximately 4 hours for the Enertia to become fully charged. The batteries have a long life cycle that are maintenance free.
Brammo’s motorcycles are already in use in a number of international and domestic government fleets, including the Hong Kong Police Department and the Ashland Police Department in Oregon.