2013 Zero Motorcycles Reach 95 MPH With 130 Mile Range; Recharge in One Hour

longer range, more torque and top end speed from Zero motorcycles push the electric bike envelope

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 2, 2012) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today 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. To attain such leaps in performance, Zero designed a revolutionary 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. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.

Nearly every element of each motorcycle has been refined to embody the sophisticated technology and elemental simplicity of riding a Zero. From highly innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling, the 2013 lineup is impressive at every level. 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. Riders will appreciate the sleek new bodywork on the Zero S and Zero DS, which includes neatly integrated storage in the ”tank” area and flows elegantly into a comfortable two-tier seat. To accommodate the new look and advanced powertrain, 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. The new lineup arrives in January.”

Among the many highlights of the 2013 lineup, Zero Motorcycles introduced the Zero FX as the ultimate “do anything” and “ride anywhere” urban rebel motorcycle. It is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company’s lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 hp and a low weight of only 275 lbs. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, now features the world’s first truly modular quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can now 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. With increased range, vastly improved handling and impressive power, the now full-sized Zero MX is capable of comfortably launching off significantly larger jumps at the motocross track.

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 highly 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. Whether a longtime rider or someone who is just getting into motorcycles, the Zero Motorcycles 2013 lineup offers consumers exciting new reasons to go for a ride.

Pricing information: 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 pricing for each model is below.

Zero S

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero DS

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero FX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

Zero XU

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995* | €7,995** | £6,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490* | €10,495** | £8,995**

Zero MX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

*MSRP in USD is identical to CAD. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.

More on CHAdeMO
The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013.  According to Nissan estimates, 2000 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.

Electric Motorcycles Return to Sonoma for West Coast Moto Jam This Weekend

SONOMA, Calif. (May 9, 2011) – Infineon Raceway set the standard in 2010, hosting the first-ever zero-carbon motorcycle race on American soil at the West Coast Moto Jam.

The Sonoma Valley facility, as part of its new Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, will again bring electric motorcycles to the racetrack with the first round of the TTXGP North American Championship at the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15.

There will be racing in two divisions: Formula GP, which was featured in Sonoma in 2010, and the new Formula 75 class, which limits the amount of stored energy to 7.5KwH and the maximum weight to 440 pounds. Practice will take place on Friday and Saturday, with two main events scheduled forSunday, May 15.

Shawn Higbee took the checkers in last year’s historical TTXGP main event in Sonoma, followed by Michael Barnes. Barnes would go on to win every other event on the schedule en route to the 2010 TTXGP North American Championship. Barnes rides for Lightning Motors.

“Our bikes this year will make last year’s effort seem like a Sunday afternoon leisurely ride,” said Richard Hatfield, Lightning Motors team manager and motorcycle builder.

Mission Motors, based in San Francisco, will make the racing debut of its new factory bike, the Mission R, which features an advanced MissionEVT electric powertrain that packs 14KwH and 141 horsepower. It can reach a top speed of 160 mph in a single gear. Another team to keep an eye on is Brammo, which won the inaugural TTXGP race at the Isle of Man in 2009. Brammo took the year off in 2010.

“Having taken a year’s hiatus, we’re anxious and excited to get back into the thick of racing. There’s nothing that pushes development of technology quite like racing,” said Brian Wismann, director of product development for Brammo.

The TTXGP North American Championship will feature four events in 2011. Following Sonoma, the series visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway(June 17-18), Portland International Raceway (July 16-17) and Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 12-14).

The West Coast Moto Jam will feature five days of two-wheel excitement, headlined by the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship.  The weekend will also feature Supermoto USA, flat track and AHRMA National Motocross.  For more information about the West Coast Moto Jam or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit infineonraceway.com/ama.

 

Six Gears Come to Brammo E.V. Bikes

Until Wednesday, one of the biggest selling points of electric cars and motorcycles has been their seamless, shift-free stream of power.

Brammo of Ashland, Ore., which currently offers its Enertia and Empulse electric street motorcycles on the Internet and at some Best Buy stores, says just that on its Web site:

“With no gearbox to get between your throttle command and the application of torque to the rear wheel, the Empulse provides the smoothest delivery of power you’ve ever experienced.”

But on Wednesday, Brammo unveiled prototypes of four new models distinguished by manual clutches and multispeed transmissions — technology used on almost every conventional motorcycle built in the last 100 years.

“I think they are better in some ways,” said Craig Bramscher, the Brammo chairman and chief executive, speaking of the geared prototypes. “They give you a chance to slip the clutch, pop a                               wheelie — some of the more fun things you can do on a conventional motorcycle,” he said in a phone interview.

 

“We’re finding that there are customers that like it each way,” he continued. “A commuter, for instance, likes a nice smooth surge of power. But we also get a lot of people who have been riding conventional motorcycles for years, who want it to behave like a regular motorcycle. Our view is that we have both kinds of customers, and we want to have both kinds of products.”

As with conventional gas-powered machines, Brammo’s 6-speed transmission multiplies the torque of the electric motor at lower speeds, yielding better acceleration, and then reduces the motor’s revs at higher speeds, increasing efficiency and allowing for a higher top speed.

Mr. Bramscher estimates that the top speed of these new machines will be 10 to 15 percent higher than that achieved by the simpler, direct-drive system used on previous Brammo models, and on virtually every other electric motorcycle. (For comparison, the Enertia Plus claims a top speed of “over 60 m.p.h.”)

The new 6-speed transmission, motor and clutch packages were invented and developed by S.M.R.E., an Italian manufacturer of high-technology industrial machines. Brammo has formed an exclusive partnership with S.M.R.E. to offer the new line.

Like Zero Motorcycles, its closest competitor in the electric-motorcycle field, Brammo is now concentrating on machines roughly comparable to conventional gas-engine dirt and supermoto bikes with their upright riding positions and tall, long-travel suspension systems.

Brammo is offering these in the Engage MX, a dirt-only version (anticipated price: $9,995); the Engage SMR, an asphalt racing/supermoto version ($9995); and the Engage SMS, a street-legal model ($11,995). One more model, the Encite MMX Pro, is a smaller motocross bike intended for younger riders.

Also like Zero, Brammo is now focusing on signing up a network of existing motorcycle dealers to sell and maintain its products, rather than relying exclusively on internet sales or other unconventional distribution channels.

The four new models will be officially unveiled on Friday at the MiniMotoSX race in Las Vegas.