Today is a rather big day for Zero Motorcycles, as the company has signed its first East Asian distributor, Yuen Ho Trading Company, Ltd. (YHT), based in Hong Kong. To celebrate, the Hong Kong government has purchased 59 MY 2012 Zero S models, the single largest sale for Zero to date.
The majority of these units will be modified police units to be used by the Hong Kong Police Department for patrolling duties, but a small allocation will also be given to the Hong Kong Airport Police, Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Transport Department, which will use the bikes for new rider license tests.
Zero Motorcycles participated in an open RFP process and was awarded the contract based on meeting criteria in regards to performance, reliability, after sales commitments and the low cost of operation of the Zero S motorcycle.
Interestingly, before the big ceremony, Zero representatives held a training session with government agencies to train those who will be operating the electric motorcycle how to use it in their chosen field, as they are slightly different from a traditional gas-powered motorcycle.
“This is an incredible new relationship that has been forged between YHT, the Hong Kong government and Zero Motorcycles. Our international authority fleet programs continue to be one of our most successful channels for distribution and we look forward to working with the Hong Kong government on current and future programs,” said John Lloyd, Vice President, Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “We couldn’t put this program together without YHT. They are an invaluable new partner for Zero. It’s our intention to keep securing strong partnerships like YHT in Asia as it’s one of the fastest growing e-markets in the world.”
“We are glad to see the Hong Kong Government’s order becomes the largest order in Asia. Deploying electric vehicles like the Zero S helps reduce Hong Kong’s carbon footprint. We are very passionate about contributing to environmental protection,” says Ophelia Lin, General Manager, Yuen Ho Trading Company, Ltd. “To introduce Zero to Hong Kong means a small but impactful contribution in the long term.”
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