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Zero Motorcycles Zero S First Look

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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.
- MCUSA Ed

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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jean carron -Zero DS  October 12, 2009 05:33 AM
I am tempted but I would like to know why the max speed is so low although power and torque appear sufficient ;
Moreover what is theb average range when used in country trails?
AM -BATTERY LIFE  September 11, 2009 09:13 AM
EVERYBODY FORGETS THAT A BATTERY HAS A LIFE CYCLE. I WOULD SAY 2 YEARS OR LESS IF YOU RIDE EVERY DAY. THEY ARE NOT CHEAP $2,950.00 ACCORDING TO THEIR WEB SITE http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2
SO, THERE'S NO MONEY SAVINGS HERE COMPARED TO A REGULAR BIKE.YOU DO NOT USE GAS BUT YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE BATTERY EVERY 2 YEARS OR LESS.
THE ONLY REALLY ADVANTAGE IS THAT YOU CAN RIDE IN BYCICLE TRAILS WHERE MOTORCYCLES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
Steve Willey -E-Bike comparisons  July 30, 2009 09:03 AM
I am ordering a Zero DualSport model which they announced today. Compared to Electromotive--- well jus visit both factories, check the weight, quality, ground clearance like I did and see for yourself. Vectrix electric scooter is sure nice, classy, but fer 'evans sake -- the thing is 540 pounds compared to Zero around 200 pounds. How about transporting it on the bumper of your camper or just handling it in the garage?
musickdflying -Much quicker  July 10, 2009 10:29 PM
NICK "Cool, bike, but I recently tested out a bike in California made by Xtreme Green called the X Rider (http://www.xtremegreenproducts.com/products/). It goes faster and further than the Zero.." The X Rider has a 4500 watt motor (6 hp). The Zero S has a 22000 watt motor (31 hp). That is pretty much like comparing a geo metro to a corvette performance wise. They are two different animals.
Axis -Evil  July 2, 2009 09:18 PM
This bike would seem like the awesome match for my new solar array: it costs more than is really practical, for what it does, and it hasn't caught on just yet...but likely will. What we need is performance to outmatch the internal combustion engine bikes--like the Tesla did for sportscars--except at a price point that makes it a viable alternative. Who here rides a zoom-splat more than 60 miles a day?
GeekSquadSF -Big Boys  June 14, 2009 05:57 AM
When we see an electric R6 keeping up with the real thing, they'll sell like hotcakes. People already buy 600cc, 750cc, 1000cc and larger. They want the same thrill and blurred vision that they get out of a real rice rocket. Build it, and they will come. Bryce Thompson - "Why haven't you heard of a generator?" May 21, 2009 08:59 PM why don't you put a generator on the wheel and get an indefinte range, why? are you owned by the oil companys?" You needed to have finished high school science to understand this one... x)
scott parmer -size  June 10, 2009 08:13 PM
i'm a big guy(6ft4in.280lbs).this bike wouldn't be big enough would it? secondly, are you sure some type of transmision wouldn't helpful in it's over all performance?
GoingGreen -Sexy  May 22, 2009 08:17 AM
I personally like it. Haven't tried riding it or anything, but I like the way it looks and I respect the fact that they're keeping an eye on the materials they use as far as metals are concerned. It's 100% recyclable, that's awesome! It's light, and I find myself looking to the states for my electric motorcycle because Canada doesn't have much. The ones I've seen you don't even straddle, and I find them ugly, lol. They look like Scooters. But compared to the actual motorcycle looking vehicles, I love the look of this one, it's not bulky and crammed full of batteries. And I don't need to go faster than that because I live in the city and the speed limits are lower. Nice work, I'm glad you're making an effort on helping the Environment.
Bryce Thompson -Why haven't you heard of a generator?  May 21, 2009 08:59 PM
why don't you put a generator on the wheel and get an indefinte range, why? are you owned by the oil companys?
Fred -T-Shirt  April 17, 2009 01:57 PM
It´s a pitty how he drives on a racetrack to advertise a new bike. My grandpa drives faster through the curves; that shows nothing about the performance of the bike or maybe it doesn´t have more.
Wade -Xrider comparison  April 17, 2009 11:23 AM
The Xrider is not a good comparison. A 4000 watt motor is weak in comparison to the 23 hp/ 50 foot lb torque of the Zero X and weaker still to the Zero S power. While the top speed of the as yet unproven Xrider might be higher, it will take alot longer to get there and loose alot of performance climbing a hill. I am with you on wanting a higher top speed and range, and that will come, but for now, I think Zero has the best bikes(if you want performance).
Nick -Cool, but not as fast as some other bikes  April 13, 2009 09:21 PM
Cool, bike, but I recently tested out a bike in California made by Xtreme Green called the X Rider (http://www.xtremegreenproducts.com/products/). It goes faster and further than the Zero...
Todd -more competitors  April 13, 2009 05:57 PM
http://www.electricmotorsport.com has had bikes for a year that at least look better than this one...
Welcome to the recent past. Let the gassers catch -@ Xavier - Package  April 12, 2009 09:33 PM
I would have bought a Ninja ZX-6R or a CBR600rr as really old fashioned starts but they're falling just so short of being that much better. I'm referring to the styling of those bikes. The developers seriously NEED to dress those bikes in front legs with forward knees at LEAST! Second, the wheels really should be more of the ubiquitous rear backward bent knee legs at least. I just can't understand why...after coming SO close to having a near-perfect product...they would falter on such an integral part of the essence of wanting to buy/own/ride a street bike. I would've instantly jumped at the chance of owning one if those designs were to resemble a horse, proper transportation with over 9 million in the US. Beauty is what WORKS well (example - BMW), and electric is just different. You'll be looking at current gasser styles like they're 1920's style football pants within a couple of years.
Off Road Zero motorycle owner. -There is no substitute.  April 12, 2009 09:23 PM
NW - I call shenanigans on you. Do you own and use a Zero X daily as a street vehicle in urban traffic? I regularly get 40 miles from my Zero X, but I'm an experienced electric vehicle owner and use mine, kitted and street legal, mostly around town and to and from work and to visit friends in the next county, saving my motocross extreme riding for a 5 square mile vacant land area next to my housing development after work. The experience of high performance single gear electric drive is utterly unique. Comparing it to a multi-gear gasser is apples and oranges. Expect much lower maintenance costs on the motor, for sure. Once you feel the maximum torque at the start and near linear, uninterrupted by shifting, acceleration, you'll gladly add the Zero S to your collection.
Xavier -Package  April 11, 2009 11:28 PM
This is a really good start, but it's falling just so short of being that much better. I'm referring to the styling of the bike. The developers seriously NEED to dress this bike in front/ steering fairings at LEAST! Second, the wheels really should be more of the ubiquitous sport-bike three-spoked wheels. I just can't understand why...after coming SO close to having a near-perfect product...they would falter on such an integral part of the essence of wanting to buy/own/ride a street bike. I would've instantly jumped at the chance of owning one if these designs were to resemble a Ninja ZX-6R or a CBR600rr.
Tim B -Electric is still boring!  April 8, 2009 09:13 AM
It's way too expensive, way too slow, and has no range. It is light, which is a rarity for electric vehicles, but at the expensive of power and range. That's not even mentioning this is by far the ugliest "motorcycle" I've ever seen! You cold buy a Ninja 250 and gas for much less, but you could also buy a scooter and murder it in terms of range and price!
JSH -No T-Shirt  April 8, 2009 05:50 AM
The rider appears to be wearing a motocross jersey along with motocross gear. Not the best gear for the road but not a T-Shirt. --------- I'm not put off by the range. I have been hoping for a 50 to 60 mile electric vehicle for awhile now. My wife's commute is 15 miles roundtrip and it is very rare that we put more than 60 miles on our car in a day unless we are on a long distance trip. A vehicle like the Zero-S is just about perfect for city use. -------- Yes, you could buy a Ninja 250 for $4000 and have a lot of money left over for gas. This vehicle is targeted at a different rider than someone that wants to spend the least amount of money per mile. This vehicle is targeted at someone that cares about oil use, pollution, and ease of use. Right now Zero-S has two competitors: Vectrix and Brammo. The Vetrix VX-1 is $10,995 while the Brammo Enertia is $11,995 to $14,995.
TySKrider -maybe  April 7, 2009 10:45 PM
"The public is ready for bikes like this but the technology is behind." Amen. 60miles? I wonder when the technology will allow 150 miles? It would be great to see environmentally friendly motorcycles as a viable alternative.
muguwmp -Almost  April 7, 2009 04:00 PM
Make the range 100 miles and then we're talking. I wonder what the recharge cost is?
NW -60 miles?  April 7, 2009 03:17 PM
Zero's mileage statements seem to be highly optimistic . Many owners of Zero's offroad bikes are stating run times of less than 20 miles. The public is ready for bikes like this but the technology is behind.
Brian -weird!  April 7, 2009 03:10 PM
Wow...it's eery how quiet that thing is! Would take some getting used to. Although could be good for sneaking up on people (and then getting run off the road because they have no idea you're there). I agree about the T-shirt though (on a track??). Could someone also teach that rider how to actually turn a motorcycle, please? I think I like this bike because it's so unusual!
JC -gear?  April 7, 2009 12:13 PM
Gear? who needs gear, it's not like the camera car's squealing tires are going to lose it and take you out ;) I like the concept though, but still not economically feasible. I could buy a Ninja 250 or 500 and buy several years worth of gas for the price.
Atlas -T-Shirt?  April 7, 2009 11:17 AM
Is that guy in the video really wearing a T-Shirt at the racetrack? You would think they could stick him in some decent gear...