One of the first questions that everyone asks about electric motorcycles is, unsurprisingly, “how far?” Zero Motorcycles offers an entire model line, and each model and variation has a different range. At present, the longest range in the lineup goes to the Zero S and Zero SR ZF13.0 + Power Tank with 325 km in the city. However, there are a number of options with lesser ranges that offer different benefits for those who only want a motorcycle for getting around town or the city. After all, selecting an electric motorcycle is all about making the best choice for your lifestyle.
To select the motorcycle that best meets your needs, we recommend you see how far you typically ride in a day. Depending on how closely you watch your mileage, the answer may surprise you. According to feedback from motorcyclists, the average ‘driver’ travels about 5.000-10.000 km per year. That breaks down to roughly 15-30 km on average per day. In 80% of all cases the distance to work is less than 20 km anyway. Once you own a Zero, 20 km will cost you a whopping 0.22 € per day. Did we mention that there’s also no routine powertrain maintenance?
Range varies in electric motorcycles similarly to how it varies in gas motorcycles. However, the big difference between electric and gas is that energy consumption is averaged over a shorter distance on an electric motorcycle. Electric motorcycles are designed for convenient daily recharges versus less frequent and less convenient trips to the gas station. As a result, the same electric motorcycle often yields different ranges from one full recharge to the next.
To generally predict how an electric motorcycle’s range will be affected, you can use the four factors:
By considering each of these factors, you can use specifications such as city, highway or combined ranges as standards to estimate what the motorcycle’s practical range will be under your particular usage case.