The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are planning to use 30 electric motorcycles in the capital from October, to reduce fuel costs, Bernama reports.

Bukit Aman police logistics department director Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said that apart from electric motorcycles, the police are also considering hybrid patrol cars for nationwide use.

“(Translated) The use of hybrid powertrains are expected to save 35% of fuel costs, besides being eco-friendly and reducing carbon emissions by up to 30%,” the national news agency quoted him as saying. The report adds that the use of both vehicles by the police is still being studied.

In January, we reported that PDRM would be testing the Revolo bolt-on hybrid system installed in one of its Proton Inspira patrol cars. Revolo is marketed by DFRAN Technologies, the chairman of which is ex-Proton MD Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin.

Originating from India, the parallel hybrid system’s electric motor has a maximum torque of 35 Nm, and can provide motor assist of between 80 to 100 km on a full charge, Syed Zainal said at the time. The system is claimed to improve fuel economy by about 35%.

Police inspector-general Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said at the time that PDRM had about 3,000 patrol cars in its fleet, with an annual fuel cost of around RM28 million.