Zero Motorcycles debuts electric motorcycle with 100-mile range and improved speed

Nov 18, 2011 Santa Cruz Sentinel

Zero Motorcycles recently unveiled the first mass-produced electric motorcycle capable of traveling more than 100 miles, breaking down one of the long-standing obstacles to consumer adoption.

The company called it "the largest step anyone has ever taken in production technology."

The Zero S, one of the company's expanded line for 2012, goes faster - up to 88 mph - and farther - 114 miles - than previous which generally traveled about half that distance before requiring recharging. Previous top speeds of Zero bikes were generally legal highway speeds.

A new technology is designed to last the life of the motorcycle, allowing a rider to travel more than 308,000 miles.

A revised frame, new rotor design and a larger front brake master cylinder improve handling and stopping power. The 2012 Zero S sports a new body built with aircraft grade aluminum, new components, cast wheels and graphics.

The bikes sell for $7,695 to $13,995 for all the extras and are expected to be available in February. Get more information at www.zeromotorcycles.com.

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btb101
not rated yet Nov 18, 2011
shame it does not mention the recharge time.
jerryd
not rated yet Nov 18, 2011
Recharge time depends on your charger. Batteries can charge as fast as they discharge and most can be fast charged in 15 minutes or so.

Generally recharge with supplied charges takes 2-5 hrs. One is limited to 1.5kwhr/hr from a 120vac americam outlet by code.

But if one has a stove/dryer 240vac outlet and a big charger, then 15 minutes recharge isn't a problem. Current EV charge points put out 70amps at 240vac, again no prpblem 15 minute charge on a MC.
Noumenon
4.9 / 5 (46) Nov 18, 2011
The Isle Of Man TT races have been running electric motorcycles for the last few years, with MotoCyzsz dominating. These guys should compete. An average lap of 100mph will win them 10,000 pounds and free advertising.
Nerdyguy
1 / 5 (2) Nov 18, 2011
The Isle Of Man TT races have been running electric motorcycles for the last few years, with MotoCyzsz dominating. These guys should compete. An average lap of 100mph will win them 10,000 pounds and free advertising.


They'd have trouble then. Top speed is 88 mph.

"The Zero S, one of the company's expanded line for 2012, goes faster - up to 88 mph - and farther - 114 miles - than previous bikes "

Seriously, who the hell wants a motorcycle that only goes 88 mph? On the other hand, I commend them for their efforts. It's only going to keep getting better.
trekgeek1
5 / 5 (2) Nov 18, 2011
The Isle Of Man TT races have been running electric motorcycles for the last few years, with MotoCyzsz dominating. These guys should compete. An average lap of 100mph will win them 10,000 pounds and free advertising.


They'd have trouble then. Top speed is 88 mph.

"The Zero S, one of the company's expanded line for 2012, goes faster - up to 88 mph - and farther - 114 miles - than previous bikes "

Seriously, who the hell wants a motorcycle that only goes 88 mph? On the other hand, I commend them for their efforts. It's only going to keep getting better.


Uhh... somebody who doesn't want to exceed the maximum speed limit present anywhere in the U.S., enjoys motorcycles, wants an efficient means of transportation that is also cheaper than most cars and doesn't have room to store a vehicle? But I guess there really isn't anybody like that.
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 18, 2011
With this a rider can blow by all the cagers cooking in their glass bubbles on the freeway and park inside the house. The garage can now be converted into a room for people, not steel cages. Charge your wheels at night to load balance the grid and enjoy it as a power reserve for your rooftop solar at on the weekends.
tkjtkj
not rated yet Nov 19, 2011
Brammo was first


Yes, and not only that, but Brammo's got a 100mi-range bike that does 100mph and that was over a year ago .. Brammo is a U.S. company in Utah:

brammo.com

Nerdyguy
1 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2011
Uhh... somebody who doesn't want to exceed the maximum speed limit present anywhere in the U.S., enjoys motorcycles, wants an efficient means of transportation that is also cheaper than most cars and doesn't have room to store a vehicle? But I guess there really isn't anybody like that.


Seriously, the funniest thing about this post is, you probably think there IS somebody like that.

Perhaps you are in the moped market, sir?

But, for motorcycle lovers, this is a dud. Good engineering practice though.
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 19, 2011
Zero's website it pretty enlightening. They clearly focus WAY more on the off-road stuff, which makes a whole lot more sense. As a dirtbike, which is about 90% of what they show, it may be plenty competitive.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Nov 20, 2011
Seriously, the funniest thing about this post is, you probably think there IS somebody like that.

There is. I'm thinking of going electric for my next vehicle (since I know have a reserved parking space right next to my appartment - which would be reachable via extension cord). The daily trip to work is 40km and involves driving on the Autobahn for a short distance (so not viable for a moped).

This type of motorcycle would be perfect for me. Gotta check the price. If it's competitive with the small roadster I'm currently driving then it's definitely going to make the short list.

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