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The LAPD recently announced the purchase of a Zero MMX, an eletronic military-grade motorcycle developed for the U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Well, that's kinda terrifying.

Santa Cruz-based Zero Motorcycles has said that it was only one bike as part of a "pilot program," according to Wired. Zero has been supplying police departments across the country with electric motorcycles since 2011, with the biggest advantage of these bikes being their stealthiness. With no gas engine, it is easy to avoid being heard.

"Our officers have an added tactical advantage while on patrol," said Officer Steve Carbajal of the LAPD Off-Road Unit in a press release. Among these tactical advantages aside from the quiet engine include the ability to go zero-to-60 in 4.4 seconds and ford water over three feet deep. The bike is designed for off-road use, but can even be used in indoor pursuits down with zero emissions. It has a top speed of 85 MPH.

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Apparently these bikes that look like they were specifically designed for Batman have a friendlier, community-oriented side to them. "There are major benefits to incorporating these environmentally friendly motorcycles. It costs less than 50 cents to charge compared to using gallons of gas, maintenance is simple, and the community appreciates how quiet they are," added Officer Carbajal. When equipped with the largest battery, the MMX will run for two hours on a full charge.

If you want to see Officer Carbajal take that bad boy out for a spin, CBS2 has footage of that for you.

Back in October, Chief Charlie Beck announced that the department was testing out electric motorcycles to add to their fleet, including the less-militarized Zero DS. Sounds like they decided to upgrade a bit.

The next time you decide to go for a joyride on the Harbor Freeway, you might not stand a chance.