Zero Motorcycles Delivers 2013 Model Line with Double the Horsepower
Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. Zero designed a new Z-Force motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact. Integrated into every 2013 motorcycle, the motor operates using a new higher-voltage Z-Force power pack. Each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.
Nearly every element of each 2013 motorcycle has been refined, from innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling. Using Bluetooth, riders can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. The Zero S (prices starting at $13,995) and Zero DS ($13,995) both have new bodywork, which includes integrated storage in the “tank” area and a comfortable two-tier seat. Zero redesigned the frames for every model with an emphasis on improving rider ergonomics and expanding compatibility with aftermarket accessories.
“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. We invite consumers to discover the experience of riding a 2013 model by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order.”
Zero Motorcycles introduced the 2013 Zero FX (starting at $9,495), which is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company’s lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 horsepower and a low weight of 275 pounds. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU ($7,995) and Zero MX ($9,495), now features the world’s first truly modular quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can use one or two battery modules and can upgrade any of the previously mentioned models from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh in seconds.
Continuing a design philosophy of “sophisticated simplicity” for 2013, Zero Motorcycles focused on maximizing the exhilaration of riding and minimizing needless complexity. The new Z-Force motor and overall powertrain is completely air-cooled on account of its efficient and innovative design. With instant torque, a nearly silent belt-driven system and no shifting, riders need only focus on enjoying the ride. For the owner, there is no routine powertrain maintenance and the “fuel” cost is only a penny a mile.
Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships. Each street-legal motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty, while the Zero MX comes with a one year limited warranty. Initial deliveries will commence in January 2013 for North America and in February 2013 for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on Oct. 2, 2012, from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model.
The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1,600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013. According to Nissan estimates, 2,000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government electric vehicle infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.
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