Zero Motorcycles – New range of electric motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles out of California has just released its 2012 lineup of electric motorcycles which include new power trains, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a new powerpack designed to last the life of the bike, and top speeds of up to 88mph.  This will be the first time that a mass produced electric motorcycle will exceed the 100 mile range.

“The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. “Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers.”

The Zero S, a street fighter , and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in 6 or 9kWH configurations . The Zeros S is capable of achieving up to 114 miles and speeds of 88mph.  The DS is capable of hitting 80mph.

With a 2 year limited warranty, these will start shipping in February 2012 and as a 100% electric vehicle, these are applicable to receive government rebates and credits where available.

Prices start at $7,695 for the Zero XU  ( designed for inner city riding ) and up to $13,995 for the Zero S ( 9kWH ).  Find your nearest dealer at Zero Motorcycles.

(Prices do not include shipping, taxes, PDI or road registration fees.)

Julie, how do I get one of these to review ??? :)

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  • OEB November 11, 2011, 7:24 pm

    This is amazing. The Zero S: Maintenance free motor. Under a buck to charge. 487 mpg equivalent City riding… And it looks good. Not bad for $14k. Throw in another $500 and you have Jacket, Gloves, Helmet, and Fuel covered for a few years. I wonder what insurance will be like?

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  • BaldSpot November 11, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Don’t forget that the state will hit you with a big tax. When you are not paying gas tax, then they nail you with an annual tax, like when you renew your tabs. Of course, you are also paying taxes on your electricity, so you are screwed twice as far as taxes go.

    On the other hand, I would love to have one of these motorcycles. I have an electric lawn mower and it is a dream. No gas, oil, air filters, etc. Just turn the switch and off you go. Quiet, too. I can mow my grass at 8:00 p.m. and nobody cares.

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  • Bill November 12, 2011, 4:33 pm

    I think it’s a great idea and would love to have one, although I do think it would be like my shiny new iphone 4S! The battery would last until around the block. It looks nice and no need for gas, oil changes and the such, but it has the range of an ice cream truck! I can get to work and back and maybe the grocery store and thats not bad, but your sunday ride could get real bored real quick. So, I am all in for the electric motor craze, battery technology just needs to improve to the point that we can go alot farther between charges or to recharge itself. Can they just start on the iphone first?

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  • BaldSpot November 13, 2011, 2:40 am

    Bill, no imagination! All you need to do is mount a propeller on the handlebars, connect it to an electric generator, and use that to recharge the battery. Drive forever!

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  • Ken Schoenberg November 13, 2011, 10:32 am

    @BaldSpot – Care to cite some state taxes specifically on electric vehicles?

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  • BaldSpot November 14, 2011, 1:04 am

    I live in Washington state. We have gas taxes, toll road fees (taxes), taxes on vehicles based on weight, taxes on vehicles based on number of axles, and if you have an electric vehicle. The state lawmakers are currently trying to decide whether to charge a $100 annual fee or to go with a mileage fee. Other states are doing likewise as they see more electric vehicles being used. Texas, of course, overwhelmingly rejected the idea. The legislature was already working on adding a mileage tax for all vehicles, so I suppose they might just make electric vehicle owners pay a higher rate.

    If it could be measured, they would tax you on how much you enjoy driving.

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  • Byron November 14, 2011, 8:33 am

    IF IT COULD BE MEASURED THEY WOULD TAX YOU FOR BREATHING AIR

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  • rol November 14, 2011, 9:21 pm

    We are taxing ourselves and we must stop

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