Zero presenta la motocross eléctrica Z

Zero S cuenta con un propulsor eléctrico de 31 Cv impulsado por baterías de iones de litio, es capaz de sobrepasar los 100 km/h y tiene una autonomía de 96,5 km.

Las baterías tardan sólo cuatro horas en recargarse a través de cualquier enchufe eléctrico.

El precio, en Estados Unidos, asciende a 9.950 dólares.

La gama de vehículos eléctricos, desde motocicletas a turismos, camiones y furgonetas, se va ampliando, lo que permitirá una rápida electrificación del transporte en los próximos años.

The Zero S All-Electric Street Motorcycle Goes to Market

The hotly anticipated Zero S electric urban street motorcycle is now available for pre-order, and begins shipping in the next month. Zero Motorcycles’ $9.950 (before tax breaks) vehicle features a range of 60 miles, a top speed of 60 mph, 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 pound-feet of torque. With a charging time of only four hours, impatient riders won’t have to wait long between trips.

Zero Motorcycles’ latest offering boasts a number of environmentally-friendly attributes, including a non-toxic lithium ion battery, landfill-ready power pack, and mostly-recyclable body.

The highway-ready Zero S claims to be the quickest production electric motorcycle in its class thanks to a proprietary power pack and aircraft-grade alloy frame. The title of "world’s fastest production electric sport bike" goes to the 2010 Mission One, but its hefty $68,000 price tag will be a barrier for many potential buyers.


Move over, Vespa, Zero’s come to town

U.S. motorbike company hopes to tap Canada’s scooter-phobic, eco-conscious market
April 24, 2009
Tyler Hamilton
Energy Reporter

Choked up about urban smog?

Emission-free electric scooters are growing in popularity as city dwellers look for ways to boot around town, but for people who crave performance and speed, they’re seen as a wimpy way to travel.

If you’re one of them, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Zero Motorcycles has you in its sights. The company visited Toronto yesterday to launch its Zero S battery-powered motorcycle into the Canadian market, giving urban commuters another way of going electric.

The Zero S has an aircraft-grade alloy frame and weighs a scant 102 kilograms.

It can drive up to 97 kilometres on a single charge and is capable of reaching 100 kilometres per hour.

A four-kilowatt, 31-horsepower lithium-ion battery pack allows it to go from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds.

"Our goal from the beginning was to engineer a high-performance electric urban street motorcycle that would change the face of the industry," said Neal Saiki, founder of Zero Motorcycles.

Toronto Star staff had a chance to ride the vehicle, which also comes in a lighter, lower-cost off-road model called the Zero X. The motorcycle has no gears and incredible torque, and aside from wheel and chain noise is essentially silent. "I’ve driven this thing flat out for 50 minutes on a single charge," said John Lloyd, vice-president of worldwide Zero sales.

He said the battery pack lasts an average of five to six years, potentially longer if use is limited to summer seasons.

A full battery recharge takes less than four hours in a standard electrical outlet.

Lloyd said the company is in the process of getting regulatory approval in Canada and establishing a distribution network in Toronto and other markets. It’s also taking online orders for the Zero S and plans to begin shipping into Canada within the next 60 days.

It will sell for $9,950 (U.S.), excluding shipping costs, and Canadian pricing is expected shortly.

Based on Ontario electricity prices, it will cost less than $1 per charge and less than 1 cent per kilometre drive.

A replacement battery costs $3,000 (U.S.) but that price is expected to drop by the time a new pack needed, said Lloyd, who will be demonstrating the motorcycle today at the Green Living Show at Exhibition Place.