Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2010 Zero S, DS, X and MX announced
Self-proclaimed leaders in the electric motorcycle industry, Zero Motorcycles have announced their 2010-spec Zero S, DS, X and MX bikes. ‘With added power, increased acceleration, and enhanced power pack technology, Zero Motorcycles is continuing the innovation it's known for and taking electric motorcycle technology to the next level,’ says a press release from the company.
The street-oriented Zero S, the dual-sport Zero DS and the off-road X and MX bikes are all fitted with lithium-ion ‘Z-Force’ battery packs. Zero claim they’ve made the bikes’ electric motors lighter and more compact and improved cooling, which results in more power, improved acceleration and improved durability.
While the four bikes are fitted with different suspensions components, they’re all fitted with the same battery/electric motor, which produces 23 horsepower and 68Nm of torque. Range is about 80km, top speed is 105km/ and the batteries take less than four hours for a full recharge. Prices range between US$7,500 for the Zero X to $9,000 for the Zero S.
Of the four bikes here, we do think the Zero S is vaguely interesting, but when it comes to style, lust-worthiness and the price-vs-performance equation, it does seem electric bikes have a long, long way to go before they catch up with their IC-engined brothers. In any case, for more details on the 2010 Zero range, visit the official website here
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