Electric motorcycles offer distinct advantages that conventional gas-powered bikes simply can’t match. Thanks to the unique characteristics of battery-powered propulsion, Zero motorcycles offer an especially intoxicating riding experience. Massive torque delivers a gratifying rush of acceleration, while the absence of noise, heat and vibration heightens the sensation of speed and smoothness. The ride experience is seamless and thrilling, connecting you to your surroundings in a way you didn’t know was possible.
Owning a Zero is easier than you might think. With no oil to change, no fluids to leak, and no routine maintenance needed; service items like valve adjustments, spark plug replacement, and installing new filters simply become a thing of the past. The battery is designed to last the life of the bike, leaving you with more time and energy to do what you love: ride.
Electric motorcycles are also surprisingly economical, with a total cost of ownership that’s far lower than equivalent internal combustion models. Considering the reduced maintenance and electricity costs of about a penny per mile, the advantages of a Zero multiply the more you ride.
Zero Motorcycles was founded under the guiding principle of “sophisticated simplicity,” an ideal where the sole purpose of technology is to serve the rider.
At the heart of every Zero is the efficient Z-Force® powertrain, which eliminates the need for the heavy and complex components found in conventional motorcycles. The Z-Force® motor contains only one moving part, is sealed and air-cooled, and requires no routine maintenance. Despite its compact proportions, the motor produces up to 116 ft-lb of torque, more than you’ll find in any 1,000cc gas-burning sport bike. The Z-Force® battery achieves the highest power and energy density in the EV industry and is backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Zero’s seamless technology extends beyond the motorcycle and into the single object that has become the hub of our modern lives: the smartphone. Zero’s free mobile app is available for iOS or Android and uses a Bluetooth connection to the bike to enable customizable performance parameters. Riders can determine max torque, top speed and levels of regenerative braking to suit their preference. The app also enables the motorcycle’s firmware to be updated remotely, saving time-consuming trips to the dealer.
Zero motorcycles produce no tailpipe emissions, create virtually no noise pollution, and require none of the consumables like fuel, oil, or coolant used by internal combustion engines. Unlike gas bikes that require about four times more energy, the Z-Force® motor is over 90% efficient. Valuable energy is used to move the motorcycle, rather than being lost as wasted heat.
Zero offers the longest riding range of any production electric motorcycle in the world, and each of Zero’s six motorcycle models exceeds the needs of the average US motorist, who travels about 37 miles per day.
Each bike’s range is determined by battery capacity, speed and riding habits. With the optional Power Tank accessory, the Zero SR is capable of over 220 miles in the city and 110 miles on the highway. Zero FX and Zero FXS models feature an optional modular power pack system that allows batteries to be swapped in under a minute.
Check the “Specs” section of any motorcycle page for detailed information on the estimated range figures for each model.
Charging a Zero is simple and convenient. No complex or expensive equipment or charge station installation required. Every Zero comes equipped with a built-in charger that turns any household 110/220V outlet into a “fueling station,” and the connection takes just a few seconds to plug and unplug. Depending on battery capacity, charging can take from a couple of hours to overnight.
For 6x fast charging at home or on the go, the 6 kW Charge Tank option is compatible with increasingly common J1772 charging stations, and trims charge times to as little as 1-2 hours. The Charge Tank and onboard charger can be operated together to deliver 7.3 kW of charging that provides up to 166 km of riding per hour. Zero also offers a scalable “Quick Charge” system for rapid charging at home or office.
Check the “Specs” section of any motorcycle page for estimated charging times based on model and method.
Government Incentives, Initiatives and Support
From the national to local level, many governments around the world are offering incentives to those who purchase and operate electric motorcycles. While not all countries and regions have discounts or rebates, many are exploring such ideas or other incentives to reduce pollution or accelerate their economy. Zero Motorcycles works with organizations around the world to ensure that maximum exposure and benefits are given to this new industry.
By adopting this technology early, large organizations and individual owners have many opportunities to benefit. Some of these benefits are listed below.
Government tax breaks and credits
Clean air grants for organizations that sometimes cover the entire cost of the new electric fleet motorcycles
Special access to parking, lanes/roads and riding areas
Positive recognition from the public, politicians and government agencies
Free charging stations