Zero Motorcycles Zero S First Look

April 7, 2009
Courtesy of Zero Motorcycles

Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour  the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design.
Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design.

Zero Motorcycles has made a name for itself in the fledgling electric motorcycle world with its motocross design, but now the San Jose firm it taking it to the streets. The release of the all-new Zero S delivers light overall weight (225 lbs) and electric power (31 hp with 62.5 lb-ft immediate torque) in a supermoto-like package.

As an electric design it suffers from limited 60-mile range and top-speed ceiling of 60 mph, but the green ride can be recharged in under four hours with a 110V or 220V outlet. As a plug-in electric vehicle, the Zero S also qualifies for the recently passed 10% federal tax credit – so the $9,950 MSRP is effectively reduced by a cool Grand.
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Zero Motorcycles today revealed its new high performance electric street motorcycle, the Zero S. This highly anticipated launch marks Zero Motorcycles’ official entry into the street legal category. The company’s new flagship motorcycle uses Zero’s proprietary Z-Force™ power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame to make the Zero S the quickest production electric motorcycle in its class. Zero Motorcycles has already booked substantial pre-orders for the Zero S without sharing details or images and now anticipates a soaring demand. The Zero S will begin shipping to customers in the next thirty days.

“Our goal from the beginning was to engineer a high performance electric urban street motorcycle that would change the face of the industry. The Zero S is a revolutionary motorcycle that is designed to tackle any city street, hill or obstacle,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles. “The innovation behind the Zero S is what separates it from the competition. The Zero S is a high performance motorcycle that also happens to be fully electric and green. The fact that it’s electric means not having to get gas and reduced maintenance.”

Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Instant acceleration and a lightweight design combine to form an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases the motorcycle’s range and handling abilities. At only 225 lbs, the Zero S has a range of up to 60 miles and a top speed of 60 MPH. With 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 ft/lbs of torque, the Zero S is designed for optimal performance off the line, in sharp turns and while navigating obstacles.

At only 225 lbs  the Zero S has a range of up to 60 miles and a top speed of 60 MPH.
At only 225 lbs, the Zero S has a range of up to 60 miles and a top speed of 60 MPH.

In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

At $9,950, the Zero S is competitively priced and also qualifies for the recently approved 10% Federal plug-in vehicle tax credit, a sales tax deduction, as well as other state based incentives. This effectively reduces the final cost of purchase by a minimum of almost a $1000. The Zero S was developed to comply with all street and highway motorcycle standards and can be licensed for the road in most countries. It is available for purchase through Zero Motorcycles’ website at www.zeromotorcycles.com

Zero Motorcycles has already booked substantial pre-orders for the Zero S without sharing details or images and now anticipates a soaring demand.
Zero Motorcycles has already booked substantial pre-orders for the Zero S without sharing details or images and now anticipates a soaring demand.

Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology. The result is an electric motorcycle line that’s insanely fast and environmentally friendly.

Zero Motorcycles first entered the motorcycle category with the launch of the 2008 Zero X electric dirtbike. Exceeding all expectations, the Zero X sold out in late 2008 and blazed the path for the long awaited launch of the Zero S Supermoto motorcycle.

You can find out more about the Zero S Supermoto motorcycle and general information on Zero Motorcycles’ website, www.zeromotorcycles.com.

Check out this video of the Zero S in action.

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