Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Zero S By Zero Motorcycles And The Electric Motorcycle Revolution


A story on Forbes.com describes the growing popularity of electric bikes as "an American motorcycle revolution".

According to Forbes, the growing numbers of lightweight and stylish electric and hybrid bikes taking to the roads signal a new direction for the motorcycle industry.

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One of the bikes profiled in the Forbes story is the Zero S from Zero Motorcycles.

According to Zero Motorcycles, the Zero S is the company’s new flagship motorcycle and 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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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Source: Forbes and Zero Motorcycles
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