The little electric bike company that could just got added to the General Services Administration list of government suppliers
Zero Motorcycles has been making inroads for years now into municipal, state, and federal government vehicle fleets. Currently there are around 125 law enforcement and military agencies using Zeroes, which all by itself is a pretty big deal for the California-based bike maker. Now though, government sales are going to get a whole lot bigger and better with the company's recent inclusion in the General Services Administration list of approved suppliers.
If you don't know—and we really didn't until we looked it up—the GSA is part of the federal government that deals with government procurement. Established in 1949, the GSA "upplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies and other management tasks." In other words, it helps make sure that the paper towel dispensers are full and that the presidential motorcade gets new tires.
Being included in the GSA is a huge deal for Zero, since now any federal agency can buy as many Zeroes as it wants at its leisure using pre-negotiated terms and prices. To get this deal, Zero partnered with something called Fedharmony, which is like a middleman that helps facilitate GSA/business deals.
“Zero’s electric motorcycles are an ideal addition to our portfolio of unique vehicles for emergency responders and the military,” said Fedharmony president Scott Smith. “We have had a high level of interest in these bikes and we are happy to help make electric options even more easily accessible to federal agencies.”
Ultimately, jokes about governmental procurement and $500 hammers aside, this is a real shot in the arm for Zero. It makes it easier for the feds to buy whole fleets of Zeroes for various agencies, and having a whole bunch of electric bikes to ride around for official business is not only practical, but sounds like a pretty nice job perk. If you'd like to know more, check out the official press release below.
Zero Motorcycles, the global electric motorcycle sales and innovation leader, today announced that it is the first electric motorcycle brand to be listed on General Services Administration (GSA). This facilitates a streamlined procurement process for federal, state, and local government agencies, allowing them to obtain the vehicles they need quickly and easily under pre-negotiated terms and prices.
The GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government through its online ordering system, GSA Advantage!, offering billions of dollars worth of products, services and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public.
“With more than 125 law enforcement and military customers in the U.S. currently using Zero motorcycles, we are happy to be included on GSA as it makes Zero’s Authority models even more attainable for government agencies,” said Kevin Hartman, fleet and authority sales director, Zero Motorcycles. “Knowing that many agencies prefer utilizing GSA, taking this step is a reflection of Zero’s strong commitment to continuing to work with U.S. government agencies.”
In order to ensure a seamless approval process, Zero partnered with Fedharmony to leverage its existing GSA contact. Fedharmony helps ease the federal procurement process by partnering with in-demand suppliers to add hard-to-find products to GSA.
“Zero’s electric motorcycles are an ideal addition to our portfolio of unique vehicles for emergency responders and the military,” said Scott Smith, president, Fedharmony. “We have had a high level of interest in these bikes and we are happy to help make electric options even more easily accessible to federal agencies.”
Zero Authority Motorcycles are now listed on the U.S. GAS Schedule 23V and available for purchase online on GSA Advantage!. Purchases can be made directly on GSA Advantage! or customers can issue a request for quotation (RFQ) through the GSA electronic ordering system.
To learn more about Zero Motorcycles Fleet and Authority Model Line visit:http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet
To learn more about Fedharmony visit: www.fedharmony.com/