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2015 Zero DS Electric Motorcycle
Many advanced features.
One goal. An amazing ride.

A refined powertrain integrated with an off-road heritage

The Zero DS is built on the foundation of the Zero S and incorporates technology that makes it ideally suited for a wide range of conditions. In the dirt or on the street, the Pirelli dual sport tires maintain a tight grip, and the specially engineered Showa suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you throw at it.

Game Changing Z-Force® Power Pack

130+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi Lifetime

The 2015 Zero DS features advanced cell chemistry and battery management systems that provide greater capacity and range. Not only does the ZF12.5 power pack enable you to go beyond 130 miles, it is also designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored to ensure maximum health. The highly efficient onboard charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero’s scalable off-board charging systems. What does this mean? Simply put, the Zero DS is a leader in acceleration, range and longevity for production electric motorcycles.

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  • Available in two configurations: ZF9.4 (104 mi) and ZF12.5 (139 mi)
  • Compatible with the Power Tank accessory which adds 2.8 kWh of power pack capacity to the motorcycle for a city range of up to 170 miles
  • State-of-the-art 102 volt power pack configurations and cell chemistry
    • Cells last 2,500 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 312,000 miles on the original power pack
    • High energy density yields significant range and performance advantages
    • Elegant low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology
  • Advanced battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring
  • Scalable quick-charge options available to cut recharge times (see specs for details)
  • Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
  • Onboard charger that uses a specially developed and optimized charge profile
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Power Pack
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Z-Force® Power Tank

Power Tank Technology

Up to 170 Miles in the City

The Z-Force® Power Tank adds 2.8 kWh of power pack storage capacity to any 2015 Zero DS. An optional accessory, the Power Tank can be added at any time during or after motorcycle purchase, bringing the maximum battery capacity to 15.3 kWh. With that much energy, you can expect to travel up to 170 miles in the city or 82 miles on the highway.

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  • Extend the range of any 2015 Zero DS model with an additional 2.8 kWh
  • The Power Tank can be added at any time before or after purchase
  • Can be installed quickly at Zero Motorcycles authorized dealerships
  • Includes new bodywork in the tank section of the motorcycle
  • Replaces the tank bag area of the motorcycle

Revolutionary Z-Force® Motor

54 hp, 68 ft-lbs… and incredibly efficient

Zero Motorcycles designed the Z-Force® motor from the ground up to be compact, efficient and powerful. It provides you with exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 98 mph. Completely air-cooled, the motor is designed to provide a fantastic riding experience minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor generates electricity that is channeled back into the power pack to help extend ride times.

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  • Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world’s most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed air-cooled motor
  • Produces 54 hp and 68 ft-lbs of torque
  • Requires no routine maintenance
  • Operates with such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
  • Instant torque and broad power band for impressive acceleration
  • Quad-level regenerative system recharges the power pack when decelerating
    • Re-gen level is increased during brake application vs. “neutral” deceleration
    • Both braking and “neutral” re-gen levels are set higher in Eco vs. Sport mode
    • “Custom” mode performance profile can be set using the Zero Motorcycles App
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Motor
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Frame

Frame and Bodywork

Great to look at. Even better to ride.

Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the twin spar frame on the Zero DS. It is lightweight, strong and one of the main reasons that the Zero DS handles incredibly well on the dirt or street. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS is highly maneuverable and responsive. The refined, yet rugged, appearance is completed with sleek bodywork with a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The ‘tank’ section of the bodywork features an integrated storage compartment that is both lockable and removable. The tank section can also be replaced with the Power Tank accessory for an additional 2.8 kWh of power pack capacity.

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  • Beautifully sculpted bodywork and new chin fairing provides improved cooling of the powertrain
  • Integrated, lockable and removable storage compartment
  • Extremely rigid and lightweight black twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame
  • Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness
  • Sleek headlight and LED tail light
  • The headlight, dash, key switch and bodywork are refined to provide elegant instrumentation and a sleeker front end aesthetic
  • Integrated Power Tank frame structure stiffens the frame

Showa Suspension

The Magic Ride

Zero worked in close collaboration with Showa to develop suspension systems that provide excellent small bump compliance, predictable control of bigger impacts and exceptionally smooth action under all conditions. Torsional rigidity of the front end improves handling, and a hollow front axle reduces unsprung weight. Suspension settings are completely customizable to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders.

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  • Exceptionally smooth action for improved comfort and control
  • Fully adjustable settings to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders
  • Hollow front axle reduces unsprung weight
  • Durable and highly protective fork guards
  • Developed in close collaboration with Showa
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Showa Rear Shock
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle brakes

Bosch Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

Powerful. Precise. Control.

The Zero DS features an advanced Bosch anti-lock brake system (ABS) that improves control in a wide array of conditions and ensures the best braking performance, while a large 320 mm diameter carrier-less rotor increases stopping power.

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  • Advanced Bosch ABS is standard
  • ABS can be switched on or off depending on rider preference
  • Incredibly smooth actuation for greater control under extreme braking
  • Large 320 mm diameter carrier-less front rotor increases stopping power
  • Refined hydraulic ratios improve braking power and modulation
  • Adjustable front brake lever for customizable ergonomics
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Wheels



Pirelli tires are standard on the Zero DS, providing great traction in a wide variety of conditions, excellent durability and road feel. The tires are mounted to stylish cast alloy wheels that feature durable wheel bearings.

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  • Versatile Pirelli MT-60 tires offer excellent traction in both on and off-road conditions, superb cornering and straight line stability and wet weather performance
  • Stylish cast alloy wheels are equipped with a large carrier-less front rotor to reduce unsprung weight and increase stopping power
  • Large, high-capacity wheel bearings increase stiffness, versatility and durability
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Dashboard

Dash and Controls

Impressive information. Elegantly Displayed.

The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide useful data on such information as state of charge, power output and your selected riding profile. You can toggle through three riding profiles, using the ergonomic right-hand switch gear, to better meet the needs of your ride: Sport, Eco, Custom. The dash screen features a cool blue backlit LCD display and integrates seamlessly into the front of the motorcycle. Want more information about the motorcycle while riding or at home? Try the Zero Motorcycles App.

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  • High contrast and blue backlit LCD screen features data that allows you to better understand your state of charge, see your current riding profile and view other useful riding information
  • Ergonomic right-hand switch assembly with integrated switch to toggle on the fly between Sport, Eco and Custom riding modes
  • Custom riding mode setting allows you to set your own performance profile (custom mode performance profile must be configured within the Zero Motorcycles App)
  • High intensity headlight
  • Keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind
  • Beautifully designed and comfortable two-up seat
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle App

Zero Motorcycles App

Get your Motorcycle Dialed

Using the Zero Motorcycles App, you can see detailed information about your motorcycle such as the time until charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and much more. When parked, the app allows you to set the custom riding mode’s performance profile by adjusting the parameters for top speed, maximum torque and maximum regenerative braking. While riding, your phone transforms into a customized dash that provides detailed real-time motorcycle information. Synced using Bluetooth, the app works on iPhone and Android mobile devices. The app is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.

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  • Bluetooth enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices
  • Adjust your custom riding mode’s performance characteristics to meet your particular riding needs with a few swipes of your finger
  • Customizable display reports the information that interests you most
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Drivetrain

Direct Drive Gearing

Instant torque with a twist

Featuring clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. Without ever needing to shift, the Zero DS provides controlled and powerful acceleration from any speed between 0-98 mph. The carbon fiber belt achieves minimal frictional losses for increased overall range and is integral to making the powertrain maintenance-free.

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  • Sophisticatedly simple “just ride” direct-drive system means no clutch, no shifting and no need to carry a heavy and complex transmission
  • Maintenance-free and virtually silent belt drive system
  • Clutchless single speed that simplifies operation
  • Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency
  • Adjustable rear axle to modify belt tension
Zero DS Electric Motorcycle Charging System

Charge Anywhere

Plug in at any standard outlet

The Zero DS charging system is integrated into the motorcycle and can be plugged in at any standard outlet. No additional equipment is required for standard charging. This allows you to conveniently charge in your garage, at the office or when you stop at one of your favorite places while enjoying a day out. Charging times can be reduced by up to ~75% by using our scalable off-board charging system.*

*Requires optional accessories. Please see your Zero Motorcycles dealer.

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