Following the lead of the NY and Sacramento PDs, the Providence PD is testing 4 Vectrixes.
Last month four police officers in Providence, Rhode Island began a "a three-month trial of the all-electric Vectrix Maxi scooter" which has a range of 60 miles, a 3-5 hour charge time, and a top speed of just over 60 miles per hour. Vectrix is providing the scooters for free, and the city is very interested in their ability to reduce air and noise pollution. According to the Providence Police Department, the scooters will be used to enhance foot and bicycle patrols, giving officers enhanced mobility without sacrificing their ability to engage with people. Providence " is the third city in the United States to host a pilot program featuring the battery-powered vehicles," (Sacramento was the first) although UK police have also been testing the scooter. The hope is that, combined with the foot and bicycle patrols, the Police Department will be able to save money on fuel costs, lower emissions and enhance its ability to patrol the city.