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2012 Zero Motorcycles Range of Electric Vehicles - Web Exclusive

The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

Greg Emmerson
Nov 8, 2011

If you’re looking for personal transport with green credentials, the new range of two-wheeled models from Zero Motorcycles might be the answer, especially now it has a new powertrain with 100 miles range and top speeds of up to 88 mph.

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Zero’s new Z-Force power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense, and is rated to 3000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity – this means the Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles in its lifetime on its original power pack.

All Zero’s motorcycles use the new technology. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

The Zero S is regarded as a “street fighter” style motorcycle, while the Zero DS is more of a dual sport, but both are available in a 6 or 9kWh configuration.

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As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of achieving 76 or 114 miles, respectively.

Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80mph and the Zero S topping out at 88mph.

Perhaps more importantly, both offer a broad torque band and good acceleration from standstill that makes them fun to ride.

In addition, the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration.

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The Zero XU was designed for city riding and now uses the same maintenance-free belt-drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS.

If you’re interested in off-road riding, the Zero X was designed for trail riding but is street-legal and available with lights. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it uses the same championship-winning powertrain as the Zero MX.

Built for motocross and available for off-road only, the MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher speeds.

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Each Zero Motorcycles is 100% electric and can be applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Prices start from $7,695 for the Zero XU, rising to $13,995 for the 9kWh S or DS. However, these are basic prices without any delivery charges, registration or taxes.

By Greg Emmerson
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