The 2013 Zero S has a redesigned Z-Force motor and power pack and is good for a claimed 137 mile range in the city, world-leading range for an electric motorcycle. A new accessory is said to recharge the battery up to 95% in an hour or less at CHAedMO charging stations.
The fins on the brushless motor of the 2013 Zero S will help maximize air cooling.
Zero Motorcycles, an electric motorcycle manufacturer based in Santa Cruz, California, stakes its claim to the title of “world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle” in the form of the 2013 Zero S. A combination of motor and battery upgrades pushes the range of the Zero S to a claimed 137 miles in the city. This was accomplished by using a compact version of the Z-Force motor designed to maximize air cooling and linked to a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack. The Zero S, the company’s electric streetfighter, has a claimed power output of 68 lb-ft of torque and 54 horsepower @ 4300 rpm with a top speed of 95 mph.
The upgraded Z-Force motor, an axial flux, permanent magnet brushless motor, will power all 2013 Zero Motorcycles and is claimed to give power increases of 99% across the board. The higher voltage Z-Force power pack can be used in conjunction with an optional accessory that is said to help Zero Motorcycles recharge to 95% in an hour or less at a CHAdeMO charging station. The fast-charging electrical stations are sprouting up all over the country, with 1600 stations already in operation while 2000 stations are projected to be up and running by 2014. Zero also redesigned the aircraft-grade aluminum frames on all models attempting to improve ergos and expand compatibility with aftermarket accessories.
Among those compatibility upgrades includes the ability to sync iPhones or Androids with the motorcycles using Bluetooth to see motorcycle info and diagnostics, even allowing for some of the performance characteristics of the e-bike to be dialed in through riders’ phones. New bodywork on the 2013 Zero S and 2013 Zero DS features storage in the tank area and a two-tier seat.
“With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This year’s lineup offers breathtaking acceleration, new eye-catching designs and the innovative ability to customize the riding experience to each individual’s preferences via a mobile application.”
The newest addition to the Zero family is called the 2013 Zero FX. With a zippy power-to-weight ratio, the ZF2.8 battery-equipped version with a listed weight of 233 lbs
With a stealthy blacked-out paint scheme and a great power-to-weight ratio, the 2013 Zero FX is claimed to be the fastest accelerating 2013 Zero Motorcycle.
and max torque of 70 lb-ft, the Zero FX is said to be the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the Zero bunch. The 2013 Zero FX has the same modular “quick-swap” power pack technology as the Zero XU and MX that allows riders to use one or two of the battery modules. They can also be switched from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 KWh easily.
Zero Motorcycles will have its 2013 models ready for delivery in North America in January 2013. Zero touts its selling points as “no routine powertrain maintenance and ‘fuel’ cost at only a penny-a-mile.” As an electric vehicle, Zero Motorcycles are eligible for government rebates or credits at the state level. Zero’s street-legal motorcycles come with a two-year limited warranty while their motocross bike, the Zero MX, gets a one-year warranty. 2013 pricing is below.
2013 Zero S Streetfighter – $13,995
2013 Zero DS Dual Sport – $13,995
2013 Zero FX Stealth Fighter – $9495
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser – $7995
2013 Zero MX Motocross – $9495