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Three wheeled electric vehicle undergoes testing by Santa Barbara Police

Trikke Tech : 05 October, 2009  (New Product)
The Light Patrol version of Trikke Tech's three wheeled vehicle for use by law enforcement agencies is put through its paces by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department
Three wheeled electric vehicle undergoes testing by Santa Barbara Police
Trikke Tech has announced the successful first test of the Light Patrol configuration of the Trikke Tribred by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff. The three-wheeled, electric powered vehicle was met with enthusiasm by patrol officers who participated in the field test.

Lieutenant Mark Liddi of the Office of the Sheriff, County of Santa Barbara stated, 'Although it is early in the testing stages, the feedback I am receiving from the patrol deputies is nothing but positive. They marvel at how easy it is to approach suspects undetected. The stealth qualities of this product are a great benefit when patrolling at night. Several of the persons contacted during the patrols were actually startled by the appearance of the deputies and stated that they never saw them coming. This tool has been a positive addition to our toolbox.' Lieutenant Liddi added that the Tribred is also able to cover a lot of territory with ease.

The Trikke Tribred Light Patrol platform makes its official law enforcement debut on October 3 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Denver, CO. 'We anticipate that our tested and proven Trikke Tribred platform will also be met with enthusiasm by the broader law enforcement community and for good reason,' said John Simpson, CEO of Trikke Tech.

At just 38 lbs, the Trikke Tribred is the only professional level patrol vehicle that can be easily folded and transported in the trunk of a police car. The ability of officers to drive to an area, unfold their Trikke Tribreds in seconds, and quickly get to their desired positions further differentiates the product from other solutions.

Built on top of the rugged and proven T8Air chassis, the Tribred boasts a lightweight, hot-swappable Lithium Ion power supply. The Tribred can travel 18 MPH on flat ground and offers up to 20 miles of range per charge. The average cost of a full charge is roughly seven cents - fractions of a cent per mile.

Trikke credits Segway and T3 for proving the effectiveness of light electric patrol vehicles in the law enforcement and security industries. Simpson noted that the Tribred's high level of performance at a dramatically lower price point offers a quality patrol vehicle to a larger segment of the law enforcement industry, especially to those facing significant budgetary constraints.

'Without a doubt, Tribred is the most mobile and practical vehicle in its class and priced well below Segway and T3,' added Simpson. 'As an aside, athletic Police officers will appreciate the sportiness of the Tribred's active ride - a dimension that other solutions have never achieved.'

Trikke is set up to sell to and support law enforcement directly and is establishing reputable distribution partnerships. The company is also opening the Tribred platform for licensing and integration with industry accessory manufacturers in order to address varying departmental requirements.

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