Hedda Royce of Hollywood was decked out in all black as she quietly rode on her motorcycle Saturday into the Los Angeles State Historic Park with about 20 other riders from Hollywood Electrics.
Royce, 38, owns a sleek 2015 Zero SR electric motorcycle. It’s the first bike she’s ever purchased and it cost her $18,000. The quiet bike goes from 0-60 mph in about 3.6 seconds and gets about 130 miles per charge, Royce said.
“I went right to this,” said the rider. “I felt it was something I could get on and handle. I didn’t have to worry about a clutch and it was good for the environment and was perfect for me.”
All types of electric vehicles, like the motorcycle Royce was on, were out in force at the historic park on Saturday.
More than 1,000 people were expected for the free Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sponsored event — along with organizer Plug In America and other partners like Nissan — as part of National Drive Electric Week.
MK Campbell, Plug-In America’s National Drive Electric Week program manager, said the program deliberately runs from Sept. 9 through Sunday.
“We wanted two weekends to let everybody get a chance to participate,” Campbell said.
Joel Levin, executive director of the nonprofit organization Plug In America, added that the 278 total events for the week, which includes Los Angeles and others, are the most yet.
“Last year, we had a total of 120,000 people,” Levin said of the week, which is in its seventh year. “This will be probably significantly bigger.”
Organizers said before the event that it increases awareness of electric vehicle availability and showcases their benefits, including helping the environment, lowering fuel costs, reducing petroleum dependence and integrating renewable energy into the grid.
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