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Victory Racing's Empluse RR & Project 156 Take The Checkered Flad at Pikes Peak

Showcasing its Modern American Muscle powered both by gas and electric motors, Victory Motorcycles® is proud to announce that Victory Racing’s® electric Empulse® RR ridden by Cycle World’s Road Test Editor Don Canet and gas-powered Project 156™ piloted by Jeremy Toye accelerated away from the competition to win their respective classes at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) and take second and third overall.”
“The hair-raising moment of my run came in a fast 100-mph sweeper approaching Upper Gravel Pit, which is well up the course. I slithered across an oil stain at the apex, then again crossing over the double yellow centerline. In a heart-stopping moment I ran out of road and was off on the dirt shoulder at high speed. Luck was on my side as I stood the bike upright and coasted along looking for the best spot to cut back onto the stepped pavement edge. The excursion completely killed my drive through the following flat-out right and straight that follows,” Canet says about his winning run on the Empulse RR in the PPC-Electric Motorcycle Class. My hope for a King of the Mountain top time evaporated, however, as the downtime allowed the road to dry prior to the Heavyweight class contenders making their run, there's almost no way to fully prepare for the track conditions you'll see in the early morning runs.”
In the overall PPIHC motorcycle competition, Canet and the Empulse RR placed 2nd while Toye and Project 156 placed 3rd, both closely following veteran racer Corsican Bruno Langlois and his Kawasaki Z 1000 who benefitted from a dryer and warmer course later in the morning due to a series of red flags.

Canet and his Empulse RR clocked a time of 10:17.813 with an average speed of 69.9 mph through the 156-turn course that takes racers from 9,390 feet above sea level to the mountain’s summit of 14,115 feet above sea level. The 12.42-mile course is split into four sections. Canet zipped through the flowing section #1 in 1:50.531, steep section #2 in 2:26.924, technical section #3 in 2:53.568 and longer, high elevation section #4 in 3:06.790.
Toye rode Project 156 to the Pikes Peak summit in a time of 10.19.777 with an average speed of 69.7 mph. He and his Project 156 bellowed through section #1 in 1:52.520, section #2 in 2:27.213, section #3 in 2:53.375 and section #4 in 3:06.669.

“I think it’s a great month for Victory Motorcycles and a great month for America!” says Brian Wismann, Victory Racing Team Manager. “Imagine our brand first taking on the world’s best at the Isle of Man and achieving a podium there, then a couple of weeks later taking on the other epic race on the planet here at Pikes Peak and putting two bikes on the podium – one gas and one electric. I’d just like to really thank all of our sponsors in helping us race these bikes to the clouds in such a stellar way. Victory Motorcycles puts out a great team. I just want to let everyone know that everything we do at Isle of Man and everything we do at Pikes Peak makes it into our production bikes and that that is why we race.”
Victory Motorcycles was the only brand at this year’s PPIHC to race both electric and gas-powered race vehicles.
A race-prepped version of the Victory Empulse® TT, the Victory Empulse RR contended Pikes Peak to build upon the legacy of the motorcycle that took 3rd Place in last year’s SES TT Zero Challenge on the Isle of Man with rider Lee Johnston. It is a completely different bike than the Victory RR that achieved a 2nd Place podium finish with William Dunlop at this year’s recent Isle of Man competition.
While the base frame and overall design of the Empulse RR are essentially the same as the production Empulse TT, a more aerodynamic and lighter monocoque carbon-fiber subframe is used and the battery, controller, and Parker Hannifin-sourced motor have been upgraded with repackaged battery cells offering more capacity, new motor windings and an updated control system and wire harness. Visual differences from the version raced last year in the SES TT include an upright riding position, reduction of bodywork and the addition of hand guards.
Project 156 is a custom race bike built by Roland Sands Designs to serve as a test bed for a prototype engine Victory race technicians developed to analyze the limits of the powerplant that now propels the new Victory Octane™ production motorcycle.
Garnering what was learned from Project 156, the production version of the 1200cc Octane engine was born. Canet placed well in qualifying aboard Project 156 in 2015 but was unable to finish the run only a few miles from the top of the mountain due to a fueling issue. This year, the bike’s engine cooling, lubrication system and fuel system had been massaged to better deal with the dramatic changes in the elevation of the course – particularly at lower RPM to further help Toye squirt out of the tight switchbacks.

“Victory Motorcycles made history at Pikes Peak this past weekend, proving its Modern American Muscle with both electric and gas-powered motorcycles on what’s often referred to as America’s mountain,” says Rod Krois, General Manager of Victory Motorcycles. “The Empulse RR and Project 156 have proven to be important test platforms for Victory engineering and – as their results on the mountain show – are sure to pay dividends in future products.”
“Two years ago we didn’t have anything to compete with at the hill here,” says Nate Secor, Marketing Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “Now, having two of the three spots in the overall, all of our owners and all of the fans of American motorcycling should be proud. As a brand, we’re extremely proud of all of the work the guys have done on the engineering side and with the riders for putting us in this position. It is a long way to come in two years, and I don’t think anyone else in the world has a podium at the Isle of Man and at Pikes Peak in the same month. So we’re extremely proud of that and will be excited to get back here and make it happen again.”
Not only racing against time and competitors, the two Victory Racing motorcycles competed against each other in an epic gas vs. electric battle dubbed “Thunder vs. Lightning.”
Have you been a fan of #TeamThunder or #TeamLightning? Fans of Victory Motorcycles were invited to visit the Victory Motorcycles website to cast their vote regarding which bike, Thunder or Lightning, would be fastest up the mountain and to register for a chance to win a Victory Octane or Victory Empulse TT. The motorcycle given away will be the bike that received the most number of votes.


Victory Racing elated with a 115mph TT lap on the electric Victory RR in second practice

Victory Racing elated with a 115mph TT lap on the electric Victory RR in second practice

·         William Dunlop achieves a 115.431mph lap
·         First ever sub-20 minute TT lap for Victory Racing
·         Improvements continue
·         “I’m ready to race this bike,” says William Dunlop

Victory Racing has charged forward in second practice for the SES TT Zero race with William Dunlop riding a 115.431mph lap.
He was 2.6mph faster than in first practice and just 3.3mph behind John McGuinness who posted the fastest lap time of 19:04.307 (a 118.7mph lap) compared to William’s 19:36.707.
It was also Victory Racing’s first ever sub 20-minute lap of the TT course in a week when rider Michael Dunlop broke the sub 17-minute mark in the Superbike race.
William achieved a top speed of 165mph through Crosby and 158.6mph through the Sulby speed trap. He was the fastest through the Grandstand hitting 146.1mph.
Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “I’m glad to be talking about speeds in the teens now, and not only are we in the teens we are now also fully below the 20 minute mark. We were also just one mph behind Bruce Anstey on the Mugen, who posted a 116.29mph lap – we are feeling very competitive.”
Subtle changes to the Victory RR bike for this practice included an improvement to the final drive gearing, a pressure change in the Metzeler RaceTec K2 tyres and a front-end suspension tweak by the team at K-Tech Suspension.
“We examined the data from the first practice and saw that we could improve on our corner speed,” Brian explains. “So this revised setup gave William more stability to run in faster through the corners.”

Performance in the TT Zero comes down to the initial amount of electrical energy that can be stored on-board and then it’s down to the skill of the rider to unleash this power while being mindful of how hard to push it, particularly towards the end of the lap when the dash starts to warn of low battery.

Brian adds:
“We’re certainly discovering that trying to achieve just a 1mph increase in average lap speed takes a lot of effort.”
Brian is one of few people in the world who has ridden many electric street and race motorcycles and he says that the Victory RR really does feel fast compared to others he’s ridden and built.
“Riding the Victory RR feels like you’re floating,” he enthuses. “It’s a magic carpet ride, a really fast magic carpet.”
“In my early testing of the bike I’d look down at the speed and see I was at 156mph, but it felt more like 120mph. You really can go fast on this and William says he has the same sensation during the first and second practices.”

William was happy with breaking the 115mph mark and achieving sub 20-minute lap. He stepped off the Victory RR and simply said: “I’m ready to race this bike now.”
The increase in performance this year is down to a new battery and revised electric motor made by Parker. Called the Parker GVM electric motor, it’s cylindrical in shape and sits behind the swingarm’s pivot point. The core of the motor is eight inches (0.2m) in diameter and five inches (0.13m) long and generates 175hp giving around 165hp at the rear wheel.
It is 97% efficient; nearly all of the electrical energy drawn from the Brammo battery is converted in to kinetic energy to drive the chain and sprocket on the rear wheel.
Parker has designed an internal water-cooling system for the GVM motor. It resides within the motor, rather than creating a jacket around it; this way the smaller size achieved means that the motor has a much higher power density. Data from both practices show that the electric motor and the battery are remaining at their optimum temperatures showing that the cooling system that Brammo has developed for the bike is doing its job well – on a day when temperatures at the Isle of Man reached 25°C.
Parker’s US-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway, is on the Isle of Man to watch the racing and said: “When I saw William speed back through the Grandstand I knew it had been a fast lap and when I heard he’d broke the 115mph mark I was happy for the team achieving one of its goals. Wednesday is race day and we have more to give.”
The TT Zero race takes place at 16:25 on Wednesday 8th June.


Victory Motorcycles Racing For a Return to the Podium at Isle of Man TT

Victory Motorcycles®, a brand that delivers Modern American Muscle by producing motorcycles with head-snapping acceleration, power and handling, is returning with the Victory Racing team to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero race with an all-new electric race bike called the Victory® RR.
The Victory RR has been developed over the past year using data gathered during last year's TT Zero and will be ridden by William Dunlop.
“One way we continuously push ourselves in performance is through our Victory Racing initiatives,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The Isle of Man TT is one of the most challenging motorcycle races in the world, so of course we have to be there.”

Victory’s international R&D development program is well underway and the Victory RR bike serves as a test bed for technology that will be used in the brand’s future products.
According to Brian Wismann, Victory Racing's team manager: “Our electric Empulse RR race bike placed third on the podium in the TT Zero race last year, which we were thrilled with. Using the data we gathered on our laps of the TT course has helped us to develop a new battery module as well as improving the powertrain. We feel like we can return to the TT with more performance as well as being able to test this technology for our future products.”
“This year with a new machine and new technology behind us we continue to have high expectations,” Hultgren adds. “We are working to develop the best platform for our racer, William Dunlop, who is familiar with the view from the podium.”
“The newly developed battery leverages the lessons learned from our entry in last year’s TT Zero event,” Wisemann says. “The battery is a ground-up new design with the help of our technical partners at Brammo and necessitated a big change in the chassis design – from an extruded aluminum twin spar to a steel trellis frame. The biggest difference in the battery itself is an improvement in both the overall energy / capacity we’re carrying onboard the bike, as well as a marked improvement in the energy density of the battery itself. As you know, lithium-ion battery technology is improving every year and with the Victory RR we are leading the way to batteries that will provide more performance, greater range and less cost in future vehicles.”
Some enhancements have also been made to the electric motor. Developed in partnership with Parker Hannifin, the motor is called the Parker GVM. It boasts world-class specific power (the power to weight ratio), producing a peak of over 170hp from a package that is only eight inches in diameter and five inches long. With peak efficiencies topping 97 percent, it is clear to see why Victory gets excited about the potential of this powertrain for future products.
“Compared to the electric motor we used in the TT Zero event last year, this year’s version features an even further optimized winding configuration based on the data gathered from last year’s bikes,” Wismann says. “Coupled with the increased energy on board in the battery, William Dunlop will have access to more of the power available from this motor than in 2015.” 
The first practice for the TT Zero is scheduled for Friday June 3 at 8:40 p.m. A second practice takes place on the Monday June 6 at 4:25 p.m., and the race itself begins Wednesday June 8 at 4:20 p.m.
Visit for more information about Victory Racing at the Isle of Man TT. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Length/Width/Height (mm.)
2089 / 680 / 1218
Seat Height (in.)
Weight (kg)
Front Tire
Metzeler 120/70 R17
Rear Tire
Metzeler 200/60 R17
Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power (kW/HP)
130 / 174
Max Torque (Nm)
Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery Voltage (Vdc)
370 or more


Bob Burnquist Rides a Zero

Bob Burnquist is a world-renowned pro skateboarder and the winningest X Games athlete of all time. He's also an avid rider fully stoked on Zero Motorcycles. Take a ride around Bob’s home—aka “Dreamland”—to experience what he believes is the future. Bob owns two Zero motorcycles.

Budget probably isn't too much a concern for Bob....


BMW Motorrad presents the experimental vehicle eRR.

Supersport dynamism and zero emission thanks to electric power.

Munich. BMW Motorrad has a long tradition in pointing out new ways and thoughts for the topic „mobility on two wheels“. For that, again and again many studies were presented in the past giving views to the future. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, embodies an idea of an electric powered supersport motorcycle made by BMW Motorrad.
Already a couple of years ago, BMW i showed the BMW Group’s visionary and sustainable approach with the vehicles BMW i3 and i8 and their revolutionary design principles (aluminum chassis and passenger cabin made from carbon fibre) and BMW Motorrad’s C evolution proved, that zero emission, riding fun and practicability do not exclude themselves.

With presenting the experimental vehicle eRR BMW Motorrad goes one step forward and shows the possibilities of an all-electric drive in a supersport motorcycle. Regarding design and chassis technology the eRR leans on the supersport motorcycle S 1000 RR, however using an all-electric drive.

Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, emphasizes: „Since their market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes. If acceleration, handling or topspeed – the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50, 60 kph, is the point, the RR’s 199 bhp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive.

We asked ourselves: What happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive? The experimental vehicle eRR brings the topic zero emission and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level."

BMW Motorrad will announce technical details of the eRR at a later date.


Great News! Stolen Victory Isle of Man TT Zero Racer Recovered

The first Victory electric race bike that Irishman Lee Johnston rode to the podium in the Isle of Man / SES TT Zero race event has been returned to Brammo Headquarters in Talent, OR after police tracked the machine down to a local individual. The Victory prototype electric TT motorcycle, powered by Brammo, was recovered with damaged bodywork and the rear wheel removed, but largely complete, by police in a search of an individual’s rental residence at 10:30 pm Sunday night.

The Talent Police Department worked the case aggressively throughout the weekend and were able to get information on the bikes whereabouts by late Sunday afternoon. A warrant was served for a rental residence ending in the custody of two individuals. The main suspect, who has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement, told police he intended to disassemble the bike and sell the parts, though nobody has admitted actually breaking into the Brammo headquarters where the race bike was on proud display.

No current or former Brammo Inc. employees have been implicated in this case.

The fastest American motorcycle in the class, Johnston took the #3 all-electric racer to a top speed of over 145 miles per hour and an average lap speed of 111.062 miles per hour in the SES TT Zero class finishing in third place in the class.

“Everyone at Brammo are relieved to have bike #3 back in the stable and are extremely grateful to the City of Talent Police Department for working diligently to solve this case. We'll need some time to fully assessany damage done, but from initial inspection it appears mostly cosmetic and repairable. What a bizarre event this has been. Thank you to everyone that shared the story and participated indirectly in the recovery.” Brian Wismann – Director of Product Development, Brammo Inc.

The employees of Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Inc. wish to thank all of those who shared the news of the theft of this valuable piece of racing history. The sharing of this news through social media would have made it almost impossible for the transportation or sale of the motorcycle to have gone un-noticed. It’s another example of the motorcycle community watching out for each other. The Brammo Motorcycles products were purchased by Polaris Industries in January of 2015. Brammo Inc, continues the development of electrical powertrains including battery and controller technology. The Isle of Man / SES TT Zero effort was the first public project for Victory Motorcycles and Brammo Inc.


Zero Motorcycles lowers MSRP

Waiting for prices to fall on electric motorcycles? They just did.

It’s our passion at Zero to bring electric motorcycles to the mainstream. For the last seven years, that drive has pushed us to make tremendous leaps in range, styling and performance that have transformed the opinions of many riders. Now, we’re excited to announce that, effective immediately, we have reduced the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of every 2015 Zero Motorcycles model in North America by $1,350.

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2015 has been our best year on record at Zero. We’ve put more riders on Zeros during the first portion of this year than ever before. As our motorcycles evolve, and the prices of batteries fall, we are committed to passing those savings along to you, so that it’s that much easier to go electric.


BMW Motorrad delivers first fleet of electric scooters

    BMW Motorrad delivers first fleet of the electric scooter BMW C evolution to local police in Barcelona.The City of Barcelona receives the first ever fleet of the electrically powered scooter to be delivered to an official authority.

    A fleet of maxi scooters comprising 30 of the innovative BMW C evolution was delivered to the Barcelona City Hall for use by the local police. The first completely electrically powered scooter manufactured by BMW Motorrad will allow the police to move with maximum efficiency and zero emissions.

    The BMW C evolution is BMW Motorrad’s answer to zero-emissions urban mobility. With a continuous output of 11KW and a maximum output of 35 KW, the scooter is homologated to be ridden with an A1 or B licence. The BMW electric scooter combines sheer electric riding pleasure with excellent dynamic qualities as well as the advantages of a zero emission vehicle, thereby providing a whole new riding experience.

    With its high performance, the BMW C evolution was a perfect choice for Barcelona - a pioneering city in the use of environment-friendly vehicles. The model purchased by the city authorities is identical to the regular version but with modifications to adapt it to police use. These include a raised screen for protection purposes and a public address and signalling system.

    Highlighting the importance of the delivery of this fleet for BMW, Guenther Seemann, President of BMW Group Spain, was there to hand over the scooter keys to mayor Xavier Trias. Seemann said: “The delivery of this fleet is a special achievement for the BMW Group for two main reasons: it is the first fleet of electric maxi scooters worldwide to be supplied and secondly the recipient is the city of Barcelona - a role model in Europe when it comes to two-wheel mobility. At the BMW Group we believe strongly that the future of urban mobility will be shaped in the next few years by cities with minimum emissions."

    Alphabet, leasing multi-brand company of the BMW Group, participates as administrator of the motorcycle fleet. Rocío Carrascosa, CEO of Alphabet Spain, said "With this project we show once again our commitment to promote a more sustainable mobility in our cities." Alphabet offers innovative solutions such as AlphaCity, which offers its customers the possibility to rent vehicles incorporating technology developed for shared use by multiple users and also billing for private use use. AlphaElectric offers also rentals of electric vehicles, with solutions for the installation of charging points and tools to determine the possibilities to electrify a fleet in the optimal way.


    Project Livewire - Electric Harley Davidon - Comes to the 2015 PSS Shows

    Innovation, meet heritage. Harley-Davidson Motor Company recently revealed Project Livewire – the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle.

    The Harley-Davidson Project Livewire Experience will be coming to the Powersport Services (PSS) motorcycle shows across the country this winter! This static display will be located separately from the corporate Harley-Davidson® booth in a prime location and will include one Livewire unit on a JUMPSTART demo, a second display unit on a stand, as well as a PDC design video on a large-screen TV.

    An Innovative Approach to Advance the Possibilities of Personal Freedom

    This exciting new ride blends the styling heritage of the Company with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of the signature Harley-Davidson look, sound, and feel.

    “Project Livewire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project Livewire is a bold statement for us as a Company and a Brand.”

    The bike offers a visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound. “The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” said Richer. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project Livewire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market.” 

    Helping Preserve and Renew the Freedom to Ride for Generations

    As riding in the great outdoors is one of the best elements of motorcycling, sustainability remains a core strategic focus at Harley-Davidson.

    “Preserving the riding environment is important to all of us,” said Levatich. “Project Livewire is just one element in our efforts to preserve and renew the freedom to ride for generations to come. As a Company that has seen success for 111 years, we think in generational terms about our great riding environments for the next 111 years.


    2015 Zero Motorcycles lineup

    Zero Motorcycles 2015 model line takes comfort and control to the next level with premium Showa suspension, Pirelli tires and Bosch anti-lock brakes on every model. With newly engineered cast wheels, fresh design highlights and 10% more range on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS, enthusiasts will turn heads while enjoying more spirited, thrilling and longer rides than ever before.

    The 2015 lineup is fueled by Zero’s industry leading, and continually advancing, 100% electric Z-Force® powertrain. Cutting-edge, powerful and thrilling, the Z-Force® powertrain strips away all but the purest elements of the motorcycle experience to let riders focus on what matters most…
    the ride

    Showa suspension
    » Every Zero is now fully equipped with Showa suspension
    » Exceptionally smooth action for improved comfort and control
    » Fully adjustable settings to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders
    » Increased torsional rigidity on the front end for improved handling
    » Hollow front axle for reduced unsprung weight
    » Durable and highly protective new fork guards on the Zero DS and Zero FX
    » Developed in close collaboration with Showa

    Bosch anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    » Advanced Bosch ABS is now standard on every model
    » ABS can be switched on or off depending on rider’s preferences
    » Incredibly smooth actuation for improved control under extreme braking
    » Larger 320 mm carrier-less front rotor increases stopping power on the Zero S,

    Zero SR and Zero DS
    » New braking systems with refined hydraulic ratios for improved braking power and modulation
    » Adjustable front brake lever for customizable ergonomics on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS

    Up to 185 miles with higher energy density
    » The Zero S and Zero SR city range can now be extended to 185 miles using the Power Tank accessory
    » Newly packaged battery cell offers 10% more energy density on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS

    New wheels and Pirelli tires across the entire lineup
    » New cast alloy wheels on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS
    » New high performance Pirelli tires for every model combine excellent grip with long lasting mileage

    Improved rider interface
    » Stylish new mirrors provide great visibility while also reducing motorcycle width
    » Comfortable new grips use a softer rubber compound
    » Newly contoured seat for improved ergonomics on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS
    » New throttle for improved action

    Full details on the 2015 models can be foudn HERE.


    Project LiveWire - The First Electric Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

    CONCORD, Ontario (June 19, 2014)  Innovation, meet heritage. Today, Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE:HOG) reveals Project LiveWire – the first Harley-Davidson® electric motorcycle.

    In keeping with the Customer-led product development approach of the Company, starting next week select consumers across the country will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of the first-ever electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson.

    While not immediately for sale, Project LiveWire is specifically designed for the purposes of getting insight into rider expectations of an electric Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

    “America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with Customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, Customer-led moment in our history.”

    Spurred by this heritage, the Project LiveWire Experience invites Customers to test ride, provide feedback, and learn more about the story of the motorcycle. Even those who don’t yet ride will have the opportunity to feel the power of Project LiveWire through the Jumpstart™ demo – a simulated riding experience.

    A 2014 U.S. tour – kicking off with a journey down Route 66 – will visit more than 30 Harley-Davidson® dealerships now through the end of the year. In 2015, the Project LiveWire Experience will continue in the U.S. and expand into Canada and Europe.

    “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson.” said Levatich. “In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore, Street 500, and Street 750 [models], and this reveal of Project LiveWire.” 

    An Innovative Approach to Advance the Possibilities of Personal Freedom

    This exciting new ride blends the styling heritage of the Company with the latest technology to deliver a new expression of the signature Harley-Davidson® look, sound, and feel.

    “Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a Company and a Brand.”

    The bike offers a visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound. “The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” said Richer. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. Project LiveWire’s unique sound was designed to differentiate it from internal combustion and other electric motorcycles on the market.” 
    Longer term plans for Retail availability of Project LiveWire will be influenced by feedback from riders along the Project Livewire Experience tour.

    “We offer a no excuses riding experience in everything we do and we are led by what our Customers tell us matters most,” said Richer. “Because electric vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, we are excited to learn more from riders through the Project LiveWire Experience to fully understand the definition of success in this market as the technology continues to evolve.”

    Helping Preserve and Renew the Freedom to Ride for Generations

    As riding in the great outdoors is one of the best elements of motorcycling, sustainability remains a core strategic focus at Harley-Davidson.

    “Preserving the riding environment is important to all of us,” said Levatich. “Project LiveWire is just one element in our efforts to preserve and renew the freedom to ride for generations to come. As a Company that has seen success for 111 years, we think in generational terms about our great riding environments for the next 111 years.” 

    Fans can learn more about Project LiveWire, as well as specific dates and locations for Project LiveWire Experience stops, at Harley-Davidson also invites anyone who is interested in the possibilities of the future to follow and engage with the Company on its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


    Harley Davidson - Electric Motorcycle

    In a teaser trailer released by Harley-Davidson on Wednesday, a motorcycle is seen riding down U.S. Route 66 but without that characteristic potato-potato V-Twin rumble.

    Instead - it's the whizzing of electricity! Hell has just frozen over my friends! Smaller displacement - yes, okay the HD loyal can get behind that one - they're still v-twins but ELECTRIC? The firestorm is going to be tremendous!

    The electric bike market in China is booming. Maybe they want a piece of that action?

    Here's a quote from the Harley Davidson website regarding the video:

    "There are milestones that change history – those pivotal moments where the future is defined. This is one of them. Just like this country, Harley-Davidson® has reinvented itself many times in our 111 years. This is the next chapter of our journey. Whether you’re a rider or not, we’re inviting you to take part in the experience, and be there for this historic ride forward."


    New bikes from Bultaco

    Bultaco is back. The Spanish marque were popular from the 50's through the 70's but by the 80's they had gone out of business. Back then, trials bikes, enduros, and scramblers were the sort of thing you could expect. Cue 2014 - the Spanish firm is coming out with a couple of electric motorcycles. Both are powered by PowerCore MK1 air-cooled brushless moto electric motors, making around 53 horsepower with a pretty impressive torque figure of 92lbft.

    Dubbed the Raptian and Raptian Sport they've got a top speed of 90 MPH and a recharge time between three-and-a-half and five hours with a range of 124 miles in the city and 68 miles on the highway. Weight is 189 KG.

    Look for a 2015 release date. Doubtful they'll be in Canada. Nice looking bikes if you ask us though. Electric bikes are coming!


    The new BMW C evolution

    The arrival of the new C evolution marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW Motorrad. The two conventionally powered maxi scooter models – the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT – already succeed in combining the superb ride qualities of a motorcycle with the specific agility of a scooter and the design’s inherent comfort. The new electrically powered C evolution now goes even further by fusing riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance to create a whole new experience on two wheels.

    In keeping with the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad is taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility. As with BMW i, development of the C evolution revolved around creating a visionary vehicle concept offering maximum everyday practicality and an inspirational design.


    Powerful drive unit with liquid-cooled electric motor and air-cooled high-voltage battery. Range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) under practical conditions.
    The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp). This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more.

    The generous 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the two-wheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around 4 hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h).

    Intelligent recuperation and four ride modes ensure riding fun as well as efficiency.
    BMW Motorrad has opted for a form of energy regeneration for the C evolution that has never been seen before on a single-track vehicle. Recuperation takes place automatically both when coasting with the throttle closed and when braking.

    Riders of the C evolution can set their preferred mix of dynamic performance and efficiency by selecting from the four ride modes. In Road mode, for instance, they have at their disposal maximum acceleration, approximately 50 per cent energy regeneration when coasting and full regeneration when braking. In Eco Pro mode, meanwhile, acceleration and therefore energy consumption are restricted, while the maximum possible amount of energy is recuperated. Sail mode suppresses recuperation while coasting, allowing the C evolution to glide along virtually free of any braking effect when the throttle is released. And for an added touch of dynamism, Dynamic mode combines full accelerating power with a high degree of recuperation.

    Supreme safety thanks to synergies with BMW Automobile.
    As part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad was able to harness synergies with BMW Automobile during development of the C evolution. Besides adopting the same energy storage modules and electronic componentry used in the BMW i3, this was particularly beneficial for electrical safety, which is to passenger car standard. The C evolution is the first electrically powered two-wheeler to meet the ISO 26262 standard for functional safety and the ECE R100 standard governing high-voltage safety, both of which have been ratified by the leading carmakers.

    As far as the chassis is concerned, the C evolution no longer has a main frame in the conventional sense. The central component here is the battery casing made from diecast aluminium, which has a steering head support made from steel tubing attached to it at the front and, at the rear, the single-sided swing arm as well as a rear frame, also made from steel tubing. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by an upside-down telehydraulic fork at the front and a spring strut mounted on the left at the rear. As on all vehicles from BMW Motorrad, the C evolution comes equipped with safety-boosting ABS together with powerful disc brakes as standard.

    Torque Control Assist (TCA) for superior traction control.
    The new C evolution is available with Torque Control Assist (TCA), which works in a similar way to the Automatic Stability Control feature on BMW motorcycles with combustion engines. TCA limits the motor’s torque depending on the slip at the rear wheel.

    To ensure optimum controllability of the drive torque for the rider, the electric motor’s control electronics monitor the rear wheel speed and reduce the drive torque if a certain plausibility threshold is exceeded. TCA is a particularly useful aid for the rider when starting off and prevents uncontrolled spinning of the rear wheel on road surfaces with reduced grip (e.g. wet cobblestones).
    The Torque Control Assist additionally serves to stop the rear wheel from skidding when a sharp rate of recuperation produces a correspondingly high level of drag torque, especially on slippery road surfaces.

    Large TFT colour display and LED daytime running light.
    A host of other features further underline the innovative character of the C evolution. It is equipped with a reversing aid, for instance, that enables easy manoeuvring at walking pace. There is also a first in the form of an LED daytime running light, which additionally dims to double as the sidelight. And for added comfort on cold days, there are heated handlebar grips.

    A large TFT colour display in the instrument cluster offers a wealth of information. Apart from the current speed, the rider is also kept informed of data such as the average consumption in kWh/100 km, total power consumption, battery charge status in kWh, average speed, voltage of the on-board electrical system and the high-voltage system, as well as the remaining range in kilometres taking into account the selected ride mode. A bar graph furthermore indicates the current level of energy draw or regeneration.

    Inspirational design.
    Last but not least, the C evolution also charts new territory in terms of styling and colour scheme. Design-wise, the C evolution fits harmoniously into the BMW Motorrad family, while the colour combination of Light White non-metallic and Electric Green symbolises its ability to blend maximum eco-friendliness with superb dynamic performance.

    The highlights at a glance:
    •      Innovative electric drive system via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor, toothed belt and ring gearing.
    •      Rated power output 11 kW (homologated according to ECE R85) and 35 kW peak output.
    •      Maximum torque 72 Nm (53 lb-ft).
    •      Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph).
    •      Acceleration 0 – 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.7 s.
    •      Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 s.
    •      High range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) in practical operation.
    •      4 ride modes available to choose from: Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic.
    •      Reversing aid for supremely easy manoeuvring.
    •      Torque Control Assist (TCA).
    •      High-voltage battery with high capacity of 8 kWh and innovative air cooling.
    •      Intelligent recuperation when coasting and when braking.
    •      Recharged from the domestic mains supply.
    •      Takes just 4 h to charge to 100 % capacity at 220V / 12A (220V / 16A = 3 h).
    •      Synergies with BMW Automobile harnessed during development.
    •      Electrical safety to passenger car standards.
    •      Hybrid chassis with agile handling due to low centre of gravity.
    •      Powerful braking system with ABS.
    •      Large TFT colour display.
    •      LED daytime running light and sidelight.
    •      Inspirational colour scheme and design.


    Zero DS Soon To Hit the Streets of Ceres California Working Traffic Detail


    Zero Motorcycles has nnounced today that the Ceres Police Department has purchased three Zero DS Police Motorcycles to be added to the department’s current Traffic Unit fleet of motorcycles. The purchase of these three Zero DS motorcycles was 100% grant-funded by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in an effort to keep the air pollution-free. The Ceres Police Department selected the Zero DS Police Motorcycle due its reliability, low maintenance, battery range and capacity, maneuverability, and light weight chassis, as well as economic feasibility and low impact on the environment. In addition to traffic enforcement, these motorcycles can be used in enforcement situations that require a stealthy approach, as well as for public relations and school safety patrols.  Zero continues to work directly with a variety of law enforcement, security and military agencies including current testing with the Los Angeles Police Department.

    “Police departments rely on their fleet motorcycles and vehicles everyday while in the line of duty and we are proud to be able to play a role in providing a motorcycle that meets police and department needs. Zero Motorcycles is continuously working towards providing top motorcycles that have been developed from the ground up to meet the requirements of law enforcement and security agencies,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Zero has designed and engineered the police line-up based on feedback directly from patrol officers regarding their needs and responsibilities. We are honored to have the continued support of law enforcement and security agencies and are thrilled that the Ceres Police Department will be using Zero Police Motorcycles in their fleet.”

    “The acquisition of these highly innovative law enforcement vehicles represents the collaborative effort of Ceres Police Department, Zero Motorcycles, and the Valley Air District to preserve the environment, increase policing efficiencies, and provide enhanced public safety services to the community.  We are also interested in the health benefits for the officers by decreasing their exposure to the exhaust of traditional motorcycles,” said Art de Werk, Police Chief for Ceres Police Department.  “I commend the initiative of Sergeant Chris Perry and appreciate the generous support of the Valley Air District.  Community partnerships where we take advantage of innovative technology and intergovernmental support to deliver progressive law enforcement services should continue into the future.”

    The Zero DS Police Motorcycle is fully electric and designed for police and security departments to have a cost effective way to patrol various terrains and road conditions as well as areas with noise and pollution limitations or restrictions allowing for a broader range of patrol area options. The Zero Police Motorcycles are fully equipped with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components, unique use case features, and plenty of functional storage options to carry gear, patrol items, and emergency medical equipment.

    The Zero DS Police motorcycle was developed specifically for police and security agencies to be utilized to meet the daily needs and requirements of duty. Law enforcement agencies continue to be one of Zero’s fastest growing segments. Zero has worked with several local police departments and University police departments as well as international agencies in Hong Kong and Columbia. Since launching its exclusive law enforcement and security motorcycle line-up, Zero has developed electric motorcycle programs for police agencies like:
    Zero Motorcycles has developed their police motorcycles to meet the increasing demand for street and dual sport police motorcycles on a global level with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well with several local police departments and campuses utilizing the motorcycles for security and patrol. Law enforcement and security agencies have found the Zero DS Police Motorcycle to be reliable with no routine powertrain maintenance and economically feasible with “fuel” cost at only a penny a mile. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international, national and local law enforcement, security and military agencies to expand their motorcycle fleets and integrate the use of Zero Motorcycles.

    For exclusive information regarding Zero’s Police line- up, including video testimonial, visit 



    2014 Zero Motorcycles Model Line Now In Dealerships

     Zero Motorcycles has announced that its 2014 model line is now available at authorized dealers across Europe and North America. In response to increased demand for its innovative electric motorcycles, Zero worked closely with its international dealer network to ensure that the award-winning lineup would be available for test rides in time for the spring riding season. Demo’s can be scheduled via the Zero Motorcycles website and the motorcycles are now available for purchase through dealerships.

    "With 2014 fully underway we are excited to introduce new and existing motorcycle enthusiasts to the power of electric,” said Mike Cunningham, North American Director of Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “We have increased the performance, quality and refinement for 2014, while also offering more value. We are inviting all riders to visit their local dealer to experience the thrill of riding and learn about the advantages of owning a Zero.”

    The 2014 line is more powerful, more refined, and has more features. At the core is the most advanced Z-Force® powertrain to date. The new Zero SR sets the performance standard with 24% more power and a stunning 106 ft-lbs of torque. The Zero S, Zero SR, and Zero DS can now cover 171 miles in the city (88 miles highway) with the optional Power Tank. Throughout the line, riders will find new bodywork, neatly integrated componentry, cleaner instrumentation, improved braking and better handling. Owners may also customize the performance settings of their motorcycles with the Zero Motorcycles App, now available in English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.


    Zero named one of top ten bikes in 2013

    Zero Motorcycles, was recently acknowledged by the Los Angeles Times and named as one of its Top 10 Motorcycles of the Year (Best Bikes of 2013). The 2013 Zero DS (Dual Sport) was included in a list of the top 10 motorcycles test ridden by Los Angeles Times motorcycle editor, Charles Fleming, and is the only electric motorcycle to make the list for 2013. The Zero DS was identified for its silent and stealthy performance as Fleming noted: “Zero has managed to make the electrical motorcycle a viable, serious alternative. I found the silent, supercharged DS to be completely thrilling”.

    “To be acknowledged and included in the Los Angeles Times Top 10 Motorcycles of the Year for 2013 is truly an honor. The team at Zero Motorcycles continuously strives to engineer and develop motorcycles that are exhilarating to ride and practical for the everyday enthusiast,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Marketing, Zero Motorcycles. “Having the 2013 Zero DS as the only electric motorcycle to make the Top 10 list is a great achievement and notable honor for both Zero and the motorcycle industry.”

    The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. The 2013 DS model, as well as the full model line-up, has been upgraded for 2014 with improved suspension, well-integrated new design elements and a sleek new dash. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom allowing for a gravel road or a dusty trail. The Zero DS is tough when demanded and distinguished when required. Its edgy yet sophisticated appearance is highlighted by an eye-catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

    Propelled by the most advanced technology in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you throw at it. Overcoming obstacles and maintaining control is effortless due to its direct-drive, fully adjustable suspension and rugged wheel set. Under technical riding conditions, Zero’s revolutionary Z-Force® motor delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist. As with Zero’s entire model line, the 2014 Zero DS offers a liberating ownership experience with its maintenance-free powertrain, penny per mile ‘fuel’ cost and powerful acceleration.




    -- Production-Based Zero Motorcycles Take Second and Third Out of All Electric Motorcycles --


    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, had another record breaking day of racing this past Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup at Laguna Seca MotoGP. Following very impressive performances at last month’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Zero Motorcycles continues to showcase the high performance results possible with their 2013 production-based line up. With four motorcycles qualifying to compete at this year’s event, Zero took both second and third places on the podium. Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles, won not only the eSuperStock Production Award, but also took second overall amongst all electric motorcycles competing and recorded the fastest times ever for a production-based Zero Motorcycle (1:48:706).

    “This weekend was incredible and the Zero team really put an incredible bike under me to get the job done. My qualifying time was nearly 12 seconds faster than our best time from 2012 and our factory improvements to the 2013 model line really helped to make up the difference,” said Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles. “All of the riders on Zeros this weekend showed how impressive our production-based bikes are and big congratulations go out to everyone at Zero, the individual racers and most importantly of all, the support crews.”

    Finishing third overall behind Kluge was Jeremiah Johnson, sponsored by, who also scored his impressive race result on a production-based Zero Motorcycle. In addition to Kluge’s and Johnson’s podium results, both Brandon Miller, well-known as the “Electric Cowboy,” and Ted Rich, sponsored by, also competed on minimally customized 2013 Zero S ZF11.4 models. All Zero Motorcycles entered in the event used 2013 production-based technology with racing modifications applied.

    “This is simply amazing,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We’re still riding the high from our historic showing at Pikes Peak and now we’ve done it again. Kenyon and the entire Zero team should be very proud of the results they achieved. This only confirms how much of the success we are currently enjoying, both on and off the track, is due to the passion and commitment of our engineering and manufacturing teams who supported the Laguna Seca MotoGP. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

    The eRoadRacing World Cup is a successor series to both the TTXGP and e-Power electric motorcycle series. It replaces both series, and is sanctioned by the FIM. Held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the racetrack is 2.238 miles in length with a 180 feet elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew.” Zero’s recent successes at both the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup at Laguna Seca MotoGP and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb further validate the impressive performances specifications available from the 2013 Zero Motorcycles model line-up. With 68 ft.-lbs. of torque, 54 hp, top speeds of 95 mph and up to 137 miles on a single charge, the Zero S is available to consumers through Zero’s North American dealer network and global distributors. For more information on Zero Motorcycles visit



    -- Zero FX Sets Fastest Production-Based Time Ever in Exhibition Powersports Class - Z --


    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (July 2, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles andHollywood Electrics, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, made history on June 30, 2013, at the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). In a historic weekend of racing that saw an electric motorcycle set the fastest overall time in the motorcycle division, Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics made history of their own with six production-based Zero Motorcycles that all competed and finished with impressive times. Jeff Clark, riding a 2013 Zero FX, was the fastest of the production-based group with a 12:00 flat run up the mountain, setting a new record for production-based electric motorcycles and putting him inside the top half of all motorcycles entered in this year’s event. Clark was closely followed by sponsored rider Jeremiah Johnson, riding a 2013 Zero S and finishing in 12:05. Rounding out the podium with a time of 12:24 in the special Exhibition Powersports Class – Z was editor and test rider Troy Siahaan, competing on a 2013 Zero FX. All three finishing times were faster than the previous electric motorcycle record time set by Chip Yates in 2011.

    “This week exceeded all expectations,” said Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics. “We came prepared and ready to race, but were blown away by how smoothly it went all week. Even after several crashes during practices days, one that sent a bike flying off a 15 foot embankment, the motorcycles only suffered superficial damage, a testament to how well designed these machines are by the engineering team at Zero Motorcycles. We came to prove just how much fun and how competitive electric motorcycles can be, especially production-based motorcycles, and I believe we proved a point.” Flagg concluded by stating, “A big thanks goes out to all the riders, sponsors and support crews for making this happen. It was truly a historic weekend for electrics and for Zero Motorcycles.”

    This year marks the first ever Electric Motorcycle Division in PPIHC’s 91 year history. In addition to the top three finishing Zero riders, team members Ted Rich (12:53), Nathan Barker (13:14) and Brandon Miller (13:16) set impressive times as well. Hollywood Electrics organized and managed the efforts with motorcycles and technical support from Zero Motorcycles, represented onsite by Media Relations Coordinator, TJ Aguirre. Hollywood Electrics entered several different model Zero Motorcycles in the event, including a number of stock and modified motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has been an authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for four years and is Zero’s number one dealership in sales.

    The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motor sports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Regions. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. One of the main obstacles of the race is the increasingly thin air that slows reflexes, diminishes muscle strength and reduces the power of internal combustion engines by 30 percent as competitors advance up the peak. The electric motorcycle division has an advantage with the all-electric motorcycles because they do not experience power loss with increased elevation and thinner air.

    “This is a landmark moment for electric motorcycles and the electric movement in general,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “Our hats are off to Lightning Motorcycle and Carlin Dunne for setting the fastest two-wheeled time up the mountain. I am equally proud of the job Team Zero and Hollywood Electrics did at the event. A big thank you is in order for the Pikes Peak organizers for having the vision to include an all-electrics production motorcycle class at this year’s event. This was a great demonstration of the reliability and performance already available to the public at large. We are sure the electric motorcycle field will only continue to grow in the coming years.”

    Zero Motorcycles has been working with Hollywood Electrics since they opened their doors in August 2009 as Zero’s first Southern California dealership. This year, for the second year in a row, Hollywood Electrics was named “Top Dealer” by Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has worked with Zero Motorcycles and consumers to push the idea that the electric revolution is here to stay. They have been designing and creating custom Zero Motorcycles to provide customers with unique and individualized motorcycles that still offer the exceptional benefits of owning an all-electric motorcycle.

    In addition to Hollywood Electrics, Zero Motorcycles dealer network has grown to over 50 dealers in the United States and Canada alone, as well as a very robust and growing dealer base in Europe. For more information on Zero Motorcycles visit



    Zero offering accessories and apparel line

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (June 18, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced an all-new line-up of accessories and apparel. Designed to meet the needs of Zero's increasing rider base, Zero is offering new accessories that make it more convenient than ever before to ride electric. From premium lockable hard case luggage to heated grips and seats, Zero's new motorcycle accessories are meant to allow owners to customize their motorcycles in ways that work best for them. In addition to the accessories, Zero has also released a stylish new apparel line that includes both riding gear and casual wear. The riding gear includes sophisticated looking leather and mesh jackets, as well as matching gloves. The new casual wear line features an assortment of designs that range from classic branding to contemporary California styling.

    "We are thrilled to bring our new accessories and apparel line to Zero Motorcycles riders and enthusiasts. The new accessories are designed to meet the diverse needs of our customers and to enhance their riding experience," said Scot Harden, Vice President of Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. "For fans who want to take Zero with them everywhere, whether they own a Zero Motorcycle or not, we now offer exceptional riding gear and fun clothing with an authentic California style."

    Under the terms of the Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit program, customers may be eligible to receive a 10 percent tax credit for their purchase of  "bolted on" motorcycle accessories, if included at the time of a Zero Motorcycle purchase. For the purchase of charging accessories, customers can receive a 30 percent tax rebate, and these products do not have to be bought with a Zero Motorcycle. With a variety of options in the new Zero Motorcycles accessories and apparel line, customers can buy a new Zero Motorcycle with hard luggage, heated grips, a heated seat, a quick charger, a windshield or any number of additional accessories and receive a federal tax credit on all of it at the end of the year.

    The entire line-up of new accessories and apparel can be viewed in the "Buy" section of the Zero Motorcycles website where online customers will find photos, product details and pricing. The website shopping feature allows customers to easily add products to their shopping cart and share their information with a local dealer who can fulfill their order. Accessories and apparel are now available in North America and will become available in Europe next month, July 2013.



    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (May 14, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced that for the third consecutive year, the 2013 Zero S has been named as “European e-Motorbike of the Year 2013” at Europe’s Clean Week 2020 elections, followed in second place by the 2013 Zero DS. Hosted at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, Clean Week 2020 is aimed at providing an annual review of future-fuelled, environmentally friendly vehicles, bringing together a diverse mix from the motoring and motorcycle industry to provide an independent analysis of alternative powered transportation technologies available today.

    “We’re honored the Zero S has defended its title again for the third year. With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Edwin Belonje, Managing Director for Zero Motorcycles Europe. “This award names the Zero S as best in class, an opinion shared by the panel of 12 specialist European journalists who extensively tested all the vehicles presented at Clean Week 2020.”

    The 2013 Zero S ZF11.4, which won the “e-Motorbike” class at Clean Week 2020, features the all-new 54 hp Z-Force™ direct drive brushless motor which has almost twice as much horsepower compared to last year’s model. With 68 ft.-lbs. of torque from a standstill, this new Z-Force™ motor offers amazing acceleration and throttle response. Accompanying the stunning performance gains is a sleek new look, on-board storage, an improved rider interface and mobile device integration via Bluetooth. Offering a new level of personalization, the 2013 Zero S and DS allow riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of their motorcycles.

    In addition, the 2012 Zero S ZF9 recently won an “e-Motorcycle of the Year” title during an online election held by, the leading motorcycle consumer website in Spain, with 533,469 people taking part.



    -- U.S. Special Operations Forces Currently Using Zero MMX -- 

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the arrival of its all-new 2013 Zero MMX military motorcycle. The MMX was developed exclusively for military use in the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and provides Special Operations riders with unique tactical advantages over traditional combustion motorcycles, as the electric powertrain allows for rapid movement over hostile terrain in near silence and minimal heat signature. Zero Motorcycles’ engineering team worked under military contract to develop the motorcycle. The MMX has met the most stringent standards set forth by the U.S. military, as an undisclosed number of MMX motorcycles are currently undergoing full operational testing.

    “It was a very rewarding experience for the Zero team to go through such an exacting development process. The military needed a very specific set of core features on the MMX, and we were incredibly thankful to work side-by-side with them to deliver such a unique product,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade’!”

    2013 Zero MMX Military Motorcycle – Key Features

    • Specialized military dash for quick and centralized mainline controls
    • Keyless ignition engaged with dash toggle for quicker departure
    • Modular and quick-swappable power packs
    • Wet operational abilities in up to one meter submersion
    • Switchable headlight for night-time stealth
    • Integrated wiring to accommodate quick installation of front and rear infrared systems
    • Safety override and reserve power capabilities to extend range during extreme situations
    • Aggressive foot pegs and hand guards for optimal control
    • Tie down eyelets with integrated tow cable and rear seat strap 

    The 2013 MMX Military Motorcycles are built off the 2013 MX platform, which is incredibly tough and lightweight, and uses a finely tuned and fully adjustable suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Combined with state of the art Z-Force™ technology and an ultra-light frame design, the Zero MMX is agile and fast where it counts.

    The 2013 Zero MMX features the all new Z-Force™ motor. With 54 hp and 68 ft-lbs of torque, the Zero MMX accelerates hard, with incredibly smooth throttle control, to allow riders to tackle bigger obstacles and corner faster. When rolling off the throttle, riders can take advantage of regenerative braking to both modulate speed and extend ride times. The performance characteristics of the Zero MMX are also adjustable via Bluetooth and a compatible smart phone mobile device when using the Zero Motorcycles mobile app.

    The 2013 Zero MMX integrates the world’s first truly modular power pack system and is available in two configurations: ZF2.8 (one module) and ZF5.7 (two modules). The lockable modules can be individually added or removed, regardless of state of charge, in less than a minute. Charge times can be cut down to around an hour using a scalable quick-charge accessory system or with the CHAdeMO accessory (CHAdeMO charging requires a supporting charge station). Owing a Zero has never been easier as the sealed Z-Force™ motor virtually eliminates all routine powertrain maintenance and drives the rear wheel by way of a beefier 520 chain.

    CHAdeMO Charging Standard
    The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 2000 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013.  According to Nissan estimates, 2000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government electric vehicle infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.



    Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announces they have recently moved their corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to a new location in Scotts Valley, Calif. The new 47,000 sq. ft. facility is almost 26 percent larger than Zero Motorcycles’ previous headquarters and is better suited for manufacturing. The move will provide Zero with a powerful competitive advantage in a quickly advancing industry, by not only by expanding its manufacturing capability but by also keeping engineering and manufacturing teams working together in one location. The new headquarters is located nearby Zero Motorcycles' previous headquarters in Scotts Valley, Calif. While many companies look outside of the United States to develop and build products as demand increases, Zero is proud to continue to support the local communities of Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz.

    “Zero Motorcycles has experienced exceptional growth and advancements over the past three years,” states Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “The all-new 2013 model line-up is generating significant interest among consumers and fleet managers alike and this new location will provide the company with much more flexibility to respond to this increasing level of interest throughout the remainder of 2013 and in coming years. The layout of the new location is much better suited to manufacturing and should allow us to scale rapidly as demand increases, not to mention provide a much nicer working environment for our staff.”

    Zero Motorcycles is benefitting not only from growth in consumer demand, but also from a strong interest for fleet applications. In addition, Zero’s revolutionary powertrain is gaining recognition from other OEMs around the world. Zero Motorcycles’ new headquarters will enable the company to continue to advance their innovative technology and maintain their reputation as leaders in the electric motorcycle industry. Located near Santa Cruz, Calif., the new headquarters is located at 380 El Pueblo Road in Scotts Valley, Calif.


    Lito Sora coming soon

    Quebec based electric bike maker Lito Green Motion has reportedly been certified by Transport Canada as a motorcycle manufacturer. That should mean we'll be seeing their electric bike showing up at some select locations soon. Select, because with a price tag of $41,000 it will appeal to a niche market.

    The Sora is powered by a 12 kWh lithium polymer battery and charged through a conventional plug. Recharge time is 8 hours, or 90 minutes with a quick charger.

    Some interesting features include a CVT transmission, electronically adjustable seat, GPS with screen integrated into dash, and keyless start.

    Top speed is claimed to over 190 kph.


    Amarok Racing Pikes Peak

    Amarok Racing, the competition arm of motorcycle design specialist Amarok Consultants, is proud to announce that 6 Time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, Greg Tracy, will be racing the Amarok P1A at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

    Pikes Peak is the second oldest race in the United States behind the Indy 500. With 156 turns, no guardrails, sheer drop-offs and an elevation that increases more than 5,000 feet in 12.4 miles, to a finish of over 14,000 feet at the summit, Pikes Peak is challenging proving ground for the Amarok P1A.

    “It is truly exciting to be racing with Amarok. After talking with Amarok co-founder Michael Uhlarik, I knew this was a team of innovators who have pushed the limit building an electric motorcycle that I believe can set a record at Pikes Peak. I have been honoured to race for the best factory team, for Ducati, and honestly I had planned that my next Pikes Peak pursuit would be in an enclosed vehicle.” said Greg Tracy.

    As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Greg Tracy, captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Wanted, Talladega Nights, The Fast and Furious and in The Bourne Ultimatum for which Greg won the elite World Stunt Award. He has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts. At last year’s at Pikes Peak, Greg and his teammate were the first motorcyclists in history of race up the famous mountain in under ten minutes with the Ducati Multistrada.

    “We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have Greg ride for us.” said Amarok co-founder and chief designer Michael Uhlarik. “As a small, family run operation, our main objective is to work with people we like and who share our values. Amarok is about making up for big, by leveraging craft. After talking with Greg I felt like we had a lot in common.”

    Tracy was connected to Amarok after the team’s promotional film “Why Less is More” appeared in a write up in My Life at Speed, one of the largest motor sport culture websites.

    “I have always been intrigued by the Makers Movement and how alternative energy will impact my life and ultimately, my children’s lives. We need to be aware of the guys who are representatives of where our futures lie. Pikes Peak has always been about pushing the limit, showcasing new technologies with the best racers against the most extreme environment. When you combine all of our passion for the race, new technology with a couple of guys building one of the most interesting electric motorcycles in 140 year old barn…well, I knew I just wanted to be part of this program. “ Said Greg Tracy.

    Amarok and Tracy will be racing the P1A, an advanced electric motorcycle concept demonstrator developed over the past three years. The P1A boasts a hand crafted aluminum monocoque design that dramatically reduces weight and improves handling. “The 147kg (325lb) Amarok P1 concept is about making the best handling motorcycle on the planet. There are electric bikes with much more power, but we want to own the corners. The 156 turns of Pikes Peak represent to us the best opportunity to prove our core belief that in vehicle design, you can do more with less.” Said Michael Uhlarik.

    The ongoing story of Amarok and Greg Tracy will be followed up on MyLife at Speed, in Cycle Canada magazine and on Amarok Racing’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

    About Amarok

    Amarok Consultants is a leading motorcycle industry consulting firm. Founder, award winning motorcycle designer Michael Uhlarik, has served major international OEMs including Yamaha, the Piaggio Group, Bombardier and numerous others to deliver bespoke design, product planning and R&D support. In 2010, Michael co-founded Amarok Racing with Kevin O’Neil, with the purpose of developing the paradigm shifting, all electric P1 experiment.



    Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, announced they will partner to participate in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on June 30, 2013, in Cascade, Colo. This year marks the first ever Electric Motorcycle Division in PPIHC’s 90 year history. Hollywood Electrics will organize and manage the efforts with motorcycles and technical support from Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics will be entering several different model Zero Motorcycles’ in the event including a number of stock and modified motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has been an -authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for the past four years and has been Zero’s #1 dealership in sales as well.

    The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motor sports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. One of the main obstacles of the race is the increasingly thin air that causes slows reflexes, diminished muscle strength and 30 percent reduction of power for internal combustion engines as competitors advance up the peak. The electric motorcycle division will have an advantage with the all-electric bikes not experiencing the reduction in power that the bikes using fuel will be up against.

    “We are breaking new ground with electric motorcycle racing; it’s the involvement and competition between the teams and riders that makes it fun. We’ve put together a great team of riders from various motorsports backgrounds and skill levels. It will be interesting to see how each combination of rider and bike tackles the Peak,” said Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics. “At such an early stage of competitive electric racing, the low cost of entry makes it appealing as even the stock bikes are very competitive and there is little maintenance and incidental costs, a significant consideration for racers on a budget. We intend to show fans, other racers and the public at large that it is easy to get involved in one way or another.”

    Participants entering in the all-new Electric Motorcycle Division include Aaron Frank, Editor of Motorcyclist magazine, who has 15 years of competitive roadracing experience and has shown an increasing interest in electric motorcycles over the last several years. Other riders include Jeremiah Johnson, Brandon Nozaki Miller, Jeff Clark, and Nathan Barker. Jeremiah Johnson, with Team, participated in two TTXGP events last year on Zero Motorcycles’, this year he is fielding his own 2013 Zero S for the PPIHC event with more racing plans to follow. Brandon Nozaki Miller made headlines setting three Land Speed Records last year at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his modified 2012 Zero S ZF6. Jeff Clark has participated in the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and 1000 and will be riding his own modified 2013 Zero FX. Nathan Barker hails from Australia and is looking forward to his first professional road race to the top of Pikes Peak aboard his own 2013 Zero FX.

    Hollywood Electrics has been working with Zero Motorcycles since they opened their doors in August 2009 as Zero’s first Southern California dealership. For the second year in a row, Hollywood Electrics was named “Top Dealer” by Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has worked with Zero Motorcycles and consumers to push the idea that the electric revolution is here to stay by designing and creating custom Zero Motorcycles since the beginning allowing customers to have a unique and individual motorcycle while still enjoying the benefits of owning an all-electric motorcycle.

    In addition to Hollywood Electrics, Zero Motorcycles dealer network has grown to over 50 dealers in the US and Canada alone as well as a very robust and growing dealer base in Europe.


    Experienced Motorsports Consumer Executive to Assume New Roles at Zero Motorcycles

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced an addition to its Board of Directors, naming Pieter de Waal as its newest member. De Waal comes to Zero with more than 30 years of business, engineering and sales experience in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. This includes stints with Nissan, Delta (GM) and Mercedes Benz and, more recently, at BMW Motorrad as North American Vice President. In addition to his Board position, he will also consult Zero on future strategies, including powertrain initiatives.

    "We're thrilled to have someone with Pieter's wealth of experience with BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division at BMW, joining the Zero Board of Directors,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “His counsel will be invaluable as we enter our next phase of growth to further solidify Zero’s position as market leaders in the electric motorcycle marketplace."

    As the newest member on the Board of Directors, de Waal brings to Zero a passion for motorcycles, an impressive track record and an international perspective, having served as head of BMW’s motorcycle operations in South Africa, the United Kingdom and later in Munich as head of sales and marketing worldwide. “I am excited to be part of Zero Motorcycles,” said de Waal. “I believe that electric vehicles will play an important role in our future and Zero has the resources, drive and pioneering spirit to help make that future an exciting reality.”

    De Waal’s selection as board member builds to the strength of the team at Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles has consciously sought to team senior executives with motorcycle industry experience along with leaders from other high tech fields to create the ideal blend of background and experience for success in this dynamic new and emerging consumer market.


    Amarok short film - electric motorcycle

    Michael Uhlarik hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia right now but he's hoping to manufacture the Amarok P1 electric racing motorcycle in rural Nova Scotia. Just a couple places under consideration at the moment; Lunenburg or Wolfville perhaps.

    I know that people in Nova Scotia are cheering for him and hoping for success. Here's a look at some of the design and strategy for the Amarok motorcycle:

    For more information on Amarok you can check out their website HERE.


    Zero Motorcycles mobile apps -rider modifications

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the release of its highly anticipated mobile application for Apple iOS and Android devices. The “Zero Motorcycles” app is the world’s first mobile application with the ability to control the performance characteristics of a production motorcycle. Connected via Bluetooth, the motorcycle pushes live, or archived, information from the motorcycle to the app on the rider’s mobile device. Featuring two basic modes, the app displays either a customizable riding dashboard or statistical data about the motorcycle. Riders can customize the riding dashboard with options such as percentage state of charge, torque, drivetrain component temperatures, battery amps and more. When parked, owners can view a lifetime of information about the motorcycle and have access to compelling statistics such as how much gas money they have saved.

    “The Zero Motorcycles app marks the first time in history that a production motorcycle’s top speed, torque and regenerative braking can be easily adjusted by an owner in seconds. Not only is it fun, it also results in a riding experience that is truly customized to meet the unique needs of every individual,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We encourage interested fans to download the app, play with it in Demo Mode and then schedule a test ride with their local dealer so that they can truly appreciate the Zero Motorcycles experience.”

    Once paired to a motorcycle, owners can begin customizing settings and feeling good about a host of compelling economical and ecological reasons to ride electric everyday. Among the customizable settings are fields to enter the owner’s cost of electricity, cost of a gallon of gas and the miles per gallon of their alternative vehicle. To bring a little extra joy to every ride, the app uses this information to calculate statistics, such as how much money has been saved on gas, the unbelievably low cost of energy consumed per mile and how much CO2 has been prevented from being released into the atmosphere.

    The entire 2013 Zero Motorcycles lineup features the ability to connect to each motorcycle’s cutting edge Z-ForceTM powertrain. Seamlessly integrated into the powertrain, the app also allows owners to send their motorcycle’s diagnostic reports to a technician so that it can be quickly and easily reviewed. A fantastic deal for owners, there is no additional cost for any of this functionality and the Zero Motorcycles app is free. More information, a user guide and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Zero Motorcycles mobile app webpage. The app can be downloaded at:

    Apple Store:

    Android Store:

    User Guide:

    About Zero Motorcycles
    Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

    Follow Zero Motorcycles on Twitter @ZeroMC, become a fan of Zero Motorcycles on Facebook and check out what Zero is doing on YouTube at


    2013 Halifax International Motorcycle wraps up

    The 2013 Halifax International Motorcycle Show wrapped up this Sunday and turnout was affected by the snowstorm that hit the east coast on Saturday and Sunday but the die-hard enthusiasts still made it out and enjoyed easy access to motorcycles from every brand.

    Check out our big picture gallery from the show. The Honda FB6 was definitely a stand-out motorcycle for me. It's impressive looking and feels all day comfortable.

    One lucky attendee took home a Honda CBR250R as a door prize. His odds were a little better because of all the snow!


    Amarok live at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show

    Amarok Racing is proud to present the P1A, Canada's first electric racing motorcycle at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show from February 8th to 10th at the Cunard Centre. The P1A prototype, designed and manufactured entirely in Canada, is a high performance electric racing motorcycle that marries proven aerospace monocoque technology to manufacture a vehicle that has paradigm breaking performance while dramatically reducing cost and enhancing the track riding experience.

    Since making its public debut at the Toronto International Motorcycle Show last December, the Amarok P1A has already won recognition and praise from a wide array of specialty press, and within the motorcycle community, as well as been reported on two national television networks. The motorcycle was named the second best Canadian product design of 2012 by the Canadian Design Resource, while the Amarok company was short listed in the top ten of the Innovacorp Nova Scotia clean tech business competition. Track testing in the fall of 2012 revealed a motorcycle with great potential and solidified our resole to compete internationally in the prestigious TTXGP all electric motorcycle racing series throughout 2013.

    Visit Amarok Racing at booth 23a, meet the team, discover the P1A and support Canada's first electric racing team. The Halifax International Motorcycle Show opens Friday February 8th at 4pm and runs until Sunday evening.

    About Amarok Racing

    Founded in Lennoxville, QC in 2010 with the purpose of designing and constructing a superior prototype, Amarok Racing is dedicated to becoming a leader in electric motorcycle racing and development by leveraging our team's 15 years of experience gained working with some of the world's top motorcycle manufacturers, and more than 30 years in racing vehicle mechanics. Since 2011, the team has re-based to Nova Scotia but maintains technical development in the Eastern Townships.


    Zero Motorcycles 2012 incentives

    Looks like it's only in the US unfortunately but Zero Motorcycles looks to clear out some 2012 models with some nice incentives for our friends south of the border.  Full details:

    Zero Motorcycles has launched an all-new promotional program to support their highly popular 2012 model line. “Cash for Carbon” is designed as a consumer trade-in bonus, with $2,500 in additional trade value on top of whatever amount the dealer offers the consumer available towards the purchase price of a new 2012 Zero Motorcycle. This incentive is presented in addition to the recently announced 10 percent federal tax credit available as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, offering up to an additional $2,500 in incentives for new Zero Motorcycle consumers.

    “Similar to the ‘cash for clunkers’ government promotion in 2009, Zero aims to entice traditional internal combustion engine motorcycle owners to make the switch to electric,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “In offering a $2,500 trade in bonus for new customers, we expect this promotion to be a great sales tool for our nationwide dealer network.”

    In addition to the $2,500 trade bonus and federal tax credits, Zero customers can also take advantage of Zero Motorcycles financing. Current financing options offer no down payment and 0 percent interest for 12 months, plus 4.99 percent financing options, both with approved credit. “Cash for Carbon” will run from Jan. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2013. Consumers must print a “Cash for Carbon” voucher for presentation at their local dealership to receive $2,500 bonus. Zero Motorcycles invites interested motorcyclists to become acquainted with the 2012 product line at their local dealer. To download a voucher or find a dealer, visit

    About Zero Motorcycles

    Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

    Follow Zero Motorcycles on Twitter @ZeroMC, become a fan of Zero Motorcycles on Facebook and check out what Zero is doing on YouTube at


    Zero Motorcycles eligible for Federal Tax Credit in USA

    Good news if you're a US resident and interested in picking up a Zero electric motorcycle

    Zero Motorcycles has announced the company’s complete 2013 model line of street legal electric motorcycles will again be eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles. In addition to the 2013 model line tax credit, customers who purchased a 2012 model from Zero Motorcycles are also eligible for a retroactive tax credit from the Federal Government. The tax credit was included in the fiscal deal approved by Congress on New Year’s Day. The bill was signed into law by President Obama late Wednesday night. The entireZero 2013 model line will be on display at Washington DC Motorcycle Show this weekend (January 4-6) at the Washington DC Convention Center.

    Zero Motorcycles took the lead in working with Plug-In America and a coalition of other electric motorcycle companies to ensure the plug-in tax credit would be extended, including all plug-in motorcycles. Standing together with companies coast to coast, the coalition rallied Congress to take action and expand green jobs in this exciting new industry. Zero dealers, customers and fans weighed in as well, sending letters to Congress in support of the extension of these plug-in tax credits.

    “Tax credits for electric motorcycles are not only an effective way to create jobs, but they are also an investment in clean energy technology. We think that America can and should lead the world in cutting-edge clean technology,” said Jay Friedland, Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability for Zero Motorcycles. “The electric motorcycle industry is rapidly responding to our country’s need for affordable and environmentally responsible transportation. We’re pretty excited to combine our passion for motorcycles with something that benefits everyone.”

    After many months of consistent work with Congress, two major plug-in tax credits, which expired at the end of 2011 were extended as part of the final "fiscal cliff" legislation just signed by President Obama. The bill passed this week:

    - Extends the EV infrastructure tax credit from the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2013.
    - In the case of the 2-3 wheeled plug-in tax credit, this covers 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $2,500 maximum, and applies only to vehicles with a 4 kilowatt-hour (or larger) battery pack that can go over 45 miles/hr.  The 2013 Zero S, Zero DS, Zero FX, and Zero MX all qualify for the incentive.

    These tax credits are also retroactive and apply for electric motorcycles or EV chargers purchased in 2012 as well. This means that 2011 and 2012 Zero models that meet the above criteria purchased in 2012 or 2013 are eligible for the tax credits.

    Consumers are encouraged to speak with an authorized Zero Dealer to obtain more information about the Federal Tax Credit.


    Zero Motorcycle rider sets distance record

    Zero Motorcycles customer Terry Hershner sets distance record during cross country ride across the United States. 

    Zero S Equipped For Journey, Logging more than 3500 Miles 

    Zero Motorcycles announced that one of their customers and an avid electric advocate, Terry Hershner recently rode his 2012 Zero S 3500 miles in a total of six days as part of a demonstration to showcase the possibility of electric vehicles and motorcycles as cross country options for transportation. Hershner logged nearly 1000 miles in his home state of Florida before heading west where he completed an additional 2500 miles in four days to reach western Texas before loading up to attend the North American debut of Zero Motorcycles 2013 Launch event, held in conjunction with the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California this past weekend.

    “Terry Hershner is a pioneer in the world of electric motorcycles. His determination to accomplish such a feat speaks volumes about his character and we are thankful to have him as part of the Zero family,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “This also speaks volumes about the future of electric motorcycles. The Zero S performed flawlessly and is now ready for its trip back home to Florida."

    While the Zero S is designed for primarily urban use, Hershner modified his 2012 Zero S to make the long distance journey. Complete with three Delta Q QuiQ chargers, two Elcon PFC 2500 chargers and a J1772 car charging port Hershner was able to reduce charging time from eight hours to less than one hour. During the course of this adventure Hershner would alternate between 45 minutes of riding and 45 minutes of charging to complete the ride.

    “I just wanted to prove a point and show that we aren’t far away from real cross country travel on electrical vehicles. My Zero performed flawlessly and allowed me to cover an average of 500 miles a day,” said Terry Hershner. “I also learned a lot about the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and while we’ve made great progress there is still a ways to go to build the system out on a national basis. I hope to showcase the growing infrastructure by doing similar cross country rides in the future.

    Terry will be looking to set the first coast to coast motorcycle record by departing Santa Cruz, Calif. the end of December and making his way back home to Orlando, Fla. You can follow Terry’s ride back to Florida and check out photos and updates on Facebook, off the Grid.


    Canadian electric motorcycle hits the track in Nova Scotia

    If Michael Uhlarik has his way he'll be building electric racing motorcycles in Nova Scotia, Canada. The idea of an electric racing motorcycle that started as a drawing on a napkin has been getting closer and closer to a reality. In fact, a prototype that began its development back in 2010 has been tested at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

    Michael is an industrial designer who has worked for many of the big motorcycle brands in Europe such as Piaggio, Yamaha, and Bombardier. He's an occasional contributor to Cycle Canada and HellForLeather. He moved to Halifax about a year ago.

    The current prototype - the Amarok P1 weighs in at 325 lbs and has an 80 hp electric engine. He's working on a new version that will hopefully shed 25 lbs. The plan is to make something lightweight and aerodynamic that will be exciting on the track; it won't necessarily keep up with the big internal combustion engine bikes on the straights but it should own the corners!

    Full details on the story (including a video) can be found on the Chronicle Herald website.  It's a great read. Please check it out.

    We're cheering for Michael and hope that his dream of building electric racing motorcycles in Nova Scotia comes true. We'll be watching this one closely.


    Zero Motorcycles awarded major grant for expansion

    Zero Motorcycles has been awarded a $1,815,123 grant from the California Energy Commission to quadruple its manufacturing capacity in California. Additional matching funding brings the total project allotment to more than $3,644,721. Zero’s manufacturing expansion will further its commitment to manufacturing high performance electric motorcycles in California, which stands to benefit by both economic growth and job creation.

    “We are honoured to receive this generous grant from the California Energy Commission and are excited to continue to expand our manufacturing capacity here in California,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This project offers a unique opportunity to keep the competitive advantage of California’s skilled labor force and create dozens of additional jobs during both the implementation and volume manufacturing stages of the project. This grant is a milestone for us because it allows Zero to dramatically increase the scale of our assembly line to meet customer demand for our outstanding electric motorcycles."

    “This investment in Zero Motorcycles will help to put cleaner vehicles on the road, reduce petroleum use, improve our air quality and create jobs in California,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman.

    Zero has been successfully designing and building electric motorcycles in California since 2006. Zero’s recently introduced 2013 model line leveraged a previous successful California Energy Commission R&D grant program, driving the development of an advanced electric vehicle powertrain. This new electric powertrain, along with other key Zero Motorcycles innovations, delivers an average Zero Motorcycle power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle on the market.

    About the California Energy Commission 
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.


    2013 Zero Model Line - Double the Power. Over 130 Miles Range

    Zero Motorcycles have announced their complete 2013 model line.

    Here are just a few highlights:

    - Up to 125% more power with the new Z-Force™ motor
    - Charge to 95% in an hour using an optional CHAdeMO accessory
    - Ride up to 137 miles in the city
    - An iPhone and Android application to customize each motorcycle’s performance and see detailed motorcycle information
    - Introducing the Zero FX – the ultimate ‘do anything, ride anywhere’ urban motorcycle with the fastest acceleration of any motorcycle we’ve ever designed

    The new models will begin arriving in dealerships during January and February. In the meantime, visit the 2013 teaser site where you can see the motorcycles and additional specifications.

    The Zero FX packs 44 HP and 70 lft-lbs of torque and only weighs 275 lbs. It does have a shorter range than the larger ZF11.4 engine but those are some impressive numbers nevertheless. It should be a blast to ride!

    2013 Zero DS Dual Sport (ZF8.5 $13,995 CAD - ZF11.4 $15,995 CAD)

    2013 Zero S Street Fighter  (ZF8.5  $13,995 CAD - ZF11.4 $15,995 CAD)

    2013 Zero FX Stealth Fighter (ZF2.8: $9,495 CAD – ZF5.7: $11,990 CAD)

    2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser (ZF2.8: $7,995 – ZF5.7: $10,490)

    2013 Zero MX Motocross (ZF2.8: $9,495 – ZF5.7: $11,990)


    All-Electric Zero Motorcycles sets two new land speed records


    -- 2012 Zero S ZF6 Used By Brandon Miller to Set New Land Speed Record of 102 MPH --

    Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce that two new land speed records for lightweight electric motorcycles has been recorded using the 2012 Zero S ZF6 model motorcycle. Brandon Miller broke previously held land speed records for an electric motorcycle at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah earlier this month by reaching a speed of 101.652 miles per hour over a one mile distance.

    The 2012 Bonneville Shootout is one of the world’s premier land speed racing events where only the most dedicated racers come to pit their skills against the ultimate land speed racing challenge. With the help of Zero Motorcycle’s dealer Hollywood Electric, located in Hollywood, Calif., Brandon Miller slightly modified his 2012 Zero S ZF6 to meet the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) requirements for the race. The modifications included new handlebars, steering dampers, a chain guard and an automatic shutoff lanyard.

    Brandon Miller conducted a series of runs throughout the four day event with an average 101.652 mph land speed record, certified by both the AMA and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for modified production motorcycles weighing less than 150 kilograms, averaged over a one mile distance. The effort also secured Miller the FIM record for the kilometer distance at 102.281 mph. The highest speed shown on the timing slip over the course of the four day event was 103.381 mph.

    “Brandon’s accomplishment is a real example of how passionate and dedicated our customers are to Zero Motorcycles and our new technology,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are very proud of what Brandon Miller has achieved and are thrilled that Zero was an integral part of setting a new land speed record for electric motorcycles.”

    “I am really happy to be able to show that Zero’s electric bikes are not only reliable and offer high performance, but are also the fastest production bikes on the planet,” said Brandon Miller. “We are finally to the point where anyone can go out and buy a Zero and go out to the track to set world records… not just commute!”

    While faster records have been set with electric motorcycles that fall into a heavier weight class, Miller was riding to break a record set in August by Kevin Clemens. That record, in the World Unfaired Electric Motorcycle under 150 kilograms class, was set at 78.4 mph during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.


    Zero Motorcycles Sweeps TTXGP Championship in eSuperstock Class

    Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce that their TTXGP Team Zero riders came away with victory during the final round of racing this past Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. After taking top honors at each of the three previous rounds of the TTXGP eSuperstock Series held this year, Team Zero’s victories this weekend were led by Kenyon Kluge taking first place with teammates Andrew Cowell and Kenny Cummings filling out the podium. Kluge was recognized with top honors for the series championship and entered the record books as the first ever TTXGP North American eSuperstock Class Champion. Team Zero is comprised of Zero employees and the bikes used are all stock motorcycles. The camaraderie and teamwork by Zero is truly what separates this team and company apart from the competition. Kenyon Kluge claimed the eSuperstock Championship and also finished 2nd overall in points for the TTXGP North America Rider Championship. Zero Motorcycles had more motorcycles compete in this year’s TTXGP than any other brand, mainly because the highly popular Zero S model is available for consumers to buy today and race tomorrow.

    "What an exciting time to be with Zero Motorcycles. We were able to accomplish what no other electric motorcycle company could accomplish. We took stock motorcycles and raced them throughout the entire season. The same bikes consumers can buy today are the same bikes we raced on the track,” said Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles and the 2012 eSuperstock Class Champion. “A huge congratulations to the entire Zero team and all the riders involved. Special recognition goes to the Zero support team. Consisting mostly of employees of Zero Motorcycles, Team Zero’s passion and commitment for making production class e-motorcycle racing a reality was the driving force behind this new series. Also, our fantastic sponsors - Pirelli, Heroic Racing Apparel, Bell Helmets, Sevcon, Alpinestars, Steel MX Optics and Aftershocks Suspension – made this season possible. Additional thanks should go to the foresight and vision of the promoters of TTXGP. We had a great season and are honored for our riders to be recognized with the first ever championship on the books.”

    Riding identically prepared production Zero S ZF9 models, Team Zero tackled the 2.2 mile track and its technical 14 corner layout while reaching top speeds of 90 mph. As the only production motorcycle in a field of modified factory racing machines, Zero Motorcycles has proven it is a race-worthy motorcycle, performing consistently at competitive levels through the course of an entire race season. Built for both the road and the racetrack and reliable in extreme conditions, Zero Motorcycles has earned its first major road racing championship and the inaugural TTXGP eSuperstock North American Championship.


    New CEO at Zero Motorcycles

    -- Experienced High Tech Consumer Executive to Assume Leadership Role --

    Zero Motorcyles has announced a new addition to its senior leadership team, naming Richard Walker as Chief Executive Officer. Walker comes to Zero with more than 30 years of business experience, including stints with Hewlett Packard (HP) and, more recently, Control4 as Executive Vice President of the Products Group. During his tenure with HP, Walker served as Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Desktop Business Division and was responsible for the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Touchsmart Product Lines. At Control4 and Hewlett Packard, Walker earned a reputation for his entrepreneurial spirit, ability to optimize operations and, most importantly, aligning resources to accelerate growth.

    Walker’s selection as CEO completes the formation of the executive management team at Zero Motorcycles, a process that began over two years ago. Karl Wharton remains with Zero as COO. Walker’s addition builds on the extensive recruitment of executive staff at Zero, which includes John Borofka, Abe Askenazi, John Lloyd, Jay Friedland, Mark Kennedy and Scot Harden. Zero Motorcycles has consciously sought to team senior executives with motorcycle industry experience along with leaders from other high tech fields to create the ideal blend of background and experience for success in this dynamic new and emerging consumer market.

    “The entire board is delighted that Richard is taking the helm of the Zero Motorcycles executive team,” said Philippe Amouyal, board member of Zero Motorcycles and Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC, the investment group who has been backing Zero Motorcycles through its growth. “Richard will contribute great business acumen, superb leadership, deep executive management skills and profound consumer insights to drive Zero Motorcycles forward and further enhance its leadership position in a critically important and fast-growing segment of the motorcycle industry and build a powerful, trusted consumer brand. Zero Motorcycles is in the enviable position of benefiting from the combined efforts of a very deep executive team that is committed to its success, to the success of its business partners and to the delight of the fast-growing number of consumers enjoying the thrill and unbridled joy of owning and riding a Zero Motorcycle.”

    As CEO, Walker brings to Zero a passion for innovation, exceptional customer experience and operating discipline to drive market success for Zero Motorcycles’ dealer channel partners and distributors. “This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic team and help lead a new and innovative company to higher levels of performance and success,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure that Zero Motorcycles continues to grow and lead the electric motorcycle industry through product innovation and sound management, while never losing sight of our goal to build a ‘better motorcycle’ for our customers to enjoy.”


    Zero Electric Motorcycles to be used in Motorcycle SafetyFoundation training

    Some news from Zero Motorcycles; looks like one of their electric motorcycle models will be used by the MSF training program.

    Full details:

    Zero Motorcycles have announced the company’s popular urban motorcycle, the Zero XU, meets the strict criteria of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and is currently being utilized in the organization’s motorcycle training programs. Zero becomes the first electric motorcycle manufacturer in the United States to provide consumers with a new and unique learning experience at MSF courses. By eliminating shifting, heat, exhaust, clutches and noise, riders find themselves immersed in the single task of improving their actual riding skills.

    "The Zero XU successfully completed a pilot program on two training courses in Washington state and Florida. Students and instructors alike found the motorcycle to be highly responsive and handle nicely,” said Mark Cummings, fleet manager – North America, Zero Motorcycles. “The XU allows students to enhance their skills and concentrate on the fundamentals of riding, while still experiencing the look and feel of a traditional motorcycle. Course operators also love that there is very little upkeep in terms of maintenance and, of course, no fuel to add or other fluids that can run the risk of spillage.”

    The Zero XU reduces the total cost of ownership for any school by eliminating all routine powertrain maintenance and the need for refueling. The motorcycle can be plugged into any standard outlet and, if needed, can be ‘quick’ charged with an optional accessory. The Zero XU power pack is quickly swappable, can be easily removed for off-site charging and the cost of recharging is often around one penny per mile. With a majority of training sessions being held in small closed-course areas, the absence of exhaust and noise eliminates several training concerns and opens up new training venue possibilities.

    “What a fantastic training tool! The Zero XU blends a lightweight motorcycle feel and posture with an electric motor to ‘twist-n-go.’ The suspension, gearing, braking and overall performance would be very favorable as a training cycle. These bikes should prove to be an ideal bridge of motorcycling, environmentally friendly green vehicles and the social scooter scene. What a fantastic ride,” said Kyle McCarty, RiderCoach, trainer/chief instructor, Motorcycle Safety Technical Specialist, Department of Licensing in Olympia, Wash.

    About Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
 The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization.


    Two-wheeled self balancing motorcycle by Lit Motors

    Gizmag pays a visit to San Francisco-based Lit Motors, to check out the company's functioning prototype of its gyroscopically-stabilized C-1 electric motorcycle.

    Pretty cool!

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    You can read more about it HERE


    Zero DS - Police Edition

    Zero Motorcycles announced it has launched a new version of the highly popular 2012 Zero DS developed specifically for police and security agencies. Named the Zero DS Police Motorcycle, it was developed to address the increasing interest from law enforcement and police departments on a global level. For the past two years police, security and military agencies have been testing Zero’s product line in the field. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international law enforcement and military agencies. This new model is the result of these collaborative efforts.

    “We are honored to have the support of so many different police and law enforcement agencies. During the process of building out the 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle, we worked closely with police officers and suppliers to ensure that our final product met the demands of enforcement agencies. Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve, so our goal was to give them all the tools necessary to allow them to be successful. The resulting Zero DS Police Motorcycle opens up new patrolling possibilities,” said Mark Cummings, Manager of Fleet Sales, Zero Motorcycles.

    Law enforcement agencies are one of Zero’s fastest growing segments. Zero has worked with the Santa Cruz Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, Sebastopol Police Department and the largest law enforcement agency in London, England – the London Metropolitan Police, to allow for thorough field testing and review. New requests continue to come in for Zero as Spain has also adopted a fleet of Zero’s Police Motorcycles for traffic enforcement purposes. Reflecting the growing trend in environmentally and socially responsible transportation, law enforcement agencies are looking at electric motorcycles and Zero Motorcycles for the next generation of enforcement vehicles to boost their environmental credentials.

    2012 Zero Police Base Model

    - 2012 Zero DS
    - Whelen LINZ 6 forward facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
    -  Whelen LINZ 6 front facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
    - Whelen LINZ 6 rear facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
    - Emergency lighting harness
    - Programmable Whelen siren system
    - Front battery/frame protection bars
    - 4-way emergency flasher system
    - Head light/tail light cut switch

    Available Options

    Rear top load 21 lt. hard cases with mounts
    - Detachable windshield
    - Quick charge kit
    - Upgrade siren with plug-in PS microphone
    - White or gloss black hard case covers/lids
    - Auxiliary rear LED brake/tail light with license plate
    - Aluminum hand guards with spoilers
    - Front axle sliders

    The Zero DS is the perfect electric motorcycle for law enforcement applications. Available in 6 or 9 kWh configurations, the range of the motorcycle is measured by the EPA UDDS at 70 or 112 miles on a single charge, respectively. It offers a top speed of 80 mph with a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm. With instant torque, no shifting, no noise, no exhaust, minimal heat production and a low weight, the Zero DS Police Motorcycle allows enforcement agencies to patrol in areas that would otherwise be highly impractical or impossible using an internal combustion motorcycle. In addition, the Zero DS features a maintenance-free powertrain that also offers regenerative braking to partially recoup energy during deceleration. With an air-cooled brushless motor and belt driven system, Zero offers some of the world’s easiest-to-own forms of transportation.

    Zero Motorcycles’ Z-Force power pack uses a battery cell chemistry and configuration that is incredibly energy dense and rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80 percent capacity. All of Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology, meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners and agencies an exceptional ride while also saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.


    Zero's new 25,000 mile promotion

    Before you get too excited about a Zero Motorcycle discount here in Canada it looks like this one is just for the US unfortunately. An interesting way to offer a little discount though.

    Zero Motorcycles has announced that the company will pay for the first 25,000* miles of electricity when riders purchase a new 2012 Zero through the end of May. Zero launched the promotion to highlight the 2012 lineup’s incredible efficiency and how inexpensive each model is to operate. The promotion is timed to generate additional interest and awareness as Zero Motorcycles kicks off its first ever National Demo Day event this coming weekend on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

    “With rising gas prices and the summer riding season just around the corner, we want riders to enjoy an exceptionally fun and carefree summer of riding on a new Zero. The fact that Zero Motorcycles can offer to pay for the energy for the first 25,000 miles of riding helps to highlight the incredible efficiency of our entire lineup. We invite interested riders to schedule a demo ride at this weekend’s National Demo Day to both experience the ride and learn more about Zero Motorcycles,” said John Lloyd, vice president of global sales, Zero Motorcycles.

    Zero Motorcycles dealers across the country will be participating in the upcoming National Demo Day. The event is designed to encourage both new and experienced motorcycle enthusiasts to visit a local Zero dealer where they can both ride a new Zero and learn more about the motorcycle industry’s fastest growing segment – electric motorcycles. Dealers will be offering free demo rides for qualified, licensed motorcycle riders, along with providing product overviews of Zero’s entire 2012 ground-breaking model line.

    For details on the First 25,000 Miles of Electricity on Us promotion visit the Zero website HERE:

    *25,000 miles based on the 2012 ZF9 Zero Motorcycle S model at $.10 USD per kWh for $.90 per complete charge cycle and 222 charges with 114 miles range per complete charge cycle for a total of $199.80. A $200 (USD) Visa gift card will be sent 4-6 weeks after Zero Motorcycles receives the vehicle warranty registration card showing date of sale between May 15, 2012 and May 31, 2012. Offer available only through participating US dealerships. Cannot be used towards the purchase of the motorcycle, taxes or destination fees. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer with exception of Zero Motorcycles retail finance program offered through Freedom Road Financial. Program expires May 31, 2012.


    2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R Unveiling

    Brammo finally unveiled their new production-level Empulse and Empulse R models on Tuesday, May 8, in Hollywood, California. No mention about what the plans for Canada are at this time. One might imagine that they'll probably focus on the more densely populated US for now and work on geting approvals for Canada at a later date. How much later? We'll hopefully find out. I know we've gotten a few emails from people wondering when and where they'll be able to pick one up in Canada.

    One major differentiator Brammo has over other electric bikes on the market is that it features a gearbox. That makes it perhaps just a little more like a traditional internal combustion engine than the other big player in the electric motorcycle market right now.

    Not many people I know ride 300 miles every day to work and you can do that with this bike if you have the charging infrastructure set up. - Craig Bramscher, CEO/Chairman at Brammo


    An interview with Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher

    Brammo looked to have some early momentum in the electric bike race but they seem to have slowed while Zero Motorcycles have pushed themselves to the forefront. Craig Bramscher hopes to change all that with the release of the the Brammo Empulse R. Motojournalists will hopefully be seeing and riding bike in May, June, July and general public reasonably soon after that.

    There's some pretty interesting information in the interview - check it out:


    New Lito Sora - Canadian electric bike video

    We've mentioned Lito - the Canadian maker of electric bikes out of Quebec before - and well, they've posted a new video of the Lito Sora in action on the track. You get a good idea of the running sound of the bike and some of the features of the bike.



    Zero motorcycles - appearing at a Costco near you

    We mentioned awhile back that Zero Motorcycles had teamed up with Costco to offer a special discount on Zero Motorcycles to Costco members. Well, having just visited the local Costco here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. That time is now.

    There's a 2012 Zero S sitting at the exit just before you have your receipt checked and leave the store. It's a high traffic and highly visible placement. Traditional motorcycle manufacturers might cringe at offering product at Costco but whenever I go to Costco... it could be a Tuesday at 11AM - it's ALWAYS busy! That's a lot of people seeing your product and plenty who wouldn't likely EVER visit a motorcycle shop. Not to say that it will translate into huge volumes of sales but it will, if nothing else, create awareness of the brand amongst the public and likely introduce at least a few people to motorcycling.

    Creative and bold marketing move if you ask me.

    You don't purchase the Zero directly at the Costco, you buy it at a Zero dealership but get a discount on the purchase for being a  Costco member. 

    It's a $750 discount on the ZF6 version and $1000 on the ZF9. The ZF6 being a 6kWh battery bike and the ZF9 being a 9kWh bike.


    2012 Zero Motorcycles are in dealerships now

     The complete 2012 model line that Zero announced in November is now in dealerships and ready for riders to take home. This is the first riding season in history that you can own a production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 180 km (EPA UDDS) on a single charge. To celebrate they're offering a special promotion - just until the end of March.

    Buy a Zero and receive up to $1,000 towards Zero Motorcycles apparel and accessories*

    *$1000 (CAD) voucher is valid when purchasing a 2011 Zero motorcycle and $500 (CAD) voucher is valid when purchasing a 2012 Zero motorcycle. The vouchers are only valid to purchase Zero Motorcycles apparel and accessories. They have no cash value and are non-transferable. Vouchers cannot be used towards the purchase of the motorcycle, taxes or destination fees. Vouchers are valid through authorized Canadian Zero dealers only. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. See your nearest dealer for details. Offer expires March 31, 2012.


    Zero Motorcycles - An Interview With Scot Harden

    Great interview with Scot Harden where he candidly talks about the 2012 Zero motorcycles and the improvements they've made.

    Zero looks to industry professionals to up their profile.Scot Harden started with Zero in August 2010 as the company’s VP of global marketin. He's a five-time winner of the Baja 500/1000 and AMA Hall-of-Famer and has also worked for KTM North America and Husqvarna.

    Zero also have a former Buell employee (Abe Askenazi) as the current Zero CTO, and long-time Triumph employees Karl Wharton and Mark Kennedy, Zero’s COO and VP of manufacturing, respectively.


    Looking for a job at an electric motorcycle manufacturer?

    Lito Green Motion - makers of the Lito Sora - are looking for a a VP in business development with a lot of experience in automotive or high end product. Sound like you? - Read on... Lito is a Quebec based maker of electric motorcycles.

    They made headlines a while back for their Sora model and we posted some news about it back in April. We posted all the tech specs and the price tag in that post ($42,399 reportedly). It's a large motorcycle that features design elements of bobber,  cafe racer, and street fighter but with a sleek look and plenty of modern technology. They say it's the first motorcycle with CVT transmission and integrated touch screen.

    You can also ride for up to 300 KM's on a single charge and reported top speed is 200 KM/Hr.

    So if you're a VP in business development type and also happen to like motorcycles (I'm guessing you'd best be able to speak French quite well too) you may want to contact Lito:

    You can check out Lito on the web - HERE


    Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown

    The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle  manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.

    With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.

    With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.

    Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"

    With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.

    Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.

    Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.


    Halifax International Motorcycle Show
    February 17 to 19, 2012

    Cunard Centre
    961 Marginal Road
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3H 4P7

    Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
    Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
    Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm

    - $10 in advance at the show website(
    - $15 at the door

    Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).


    Independent Study Finds Zero Motorcycles Achieved Highest Ranking Among Competition

    Zero Motorcycles announced it achieved the highest overall results in an independent study conducted by Pike Research. The study, called the Pike Pulse Report, evaluated the competitive landscape of both the electric motorcycle and electric scooter markets and named only one company as the overall leader. The study was based on 12 distinct categories that measured an Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEM) ability to compete on a global level. Zero Motorcycles scored higher than many notable names, including Honda and KTM.

    “Pike Research is one of the industry’s leading independent market research firms when it comes to EV’s and new technology. We are very gratified to hear that they have ranked us number one in the electric motorcycle industry. It confirms we are on a good path and serves as huge motivation for us to keep pushing hard to develop our vision for electric motorcycles. It also is a huge reward for the staff of Zero Motorcycles who share equally in this acknowledgment,” stated Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are deeply committed to this product segment.”

    The following is an excerpt taken from the Pike Pulse Report – Zero Motorcycle achieved the highest ranking in this Pike Pulse Report with a combination of strong strategic planning and great execution of those plans. The company’s product lineup is well suited to the less cost-conscious early adopter market. Zero is also pursuing a specialty market for the e-motorcycles (off-road and fleet applications). In addition, the company has put together a strong management team and continues to build a strong dealer network in the key regions of Western Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America. All of these factors have provided Zero with strong momentum leading into 2012.

    The Pike Pulse Report was scored on the following criteria:

    - Vision
    - Go-To-Market Strategy
    - Partners
    - Product and Production Strategy
    - Technology
    - Geographic Reach

    Execution Criteria
    - Market Share
    - Sales and Marketing
    - Product Quality and Reliability
    - Product Features
    - Pricing
    - Staying Power

    The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles on a single charge. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street models just about the world’s easiest-to-own form of transportation.

    Zero’s new Z-Force power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95 percent more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80 percent capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All of Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology, meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all-routine powertrain maintenance. The same is true for the all new Zero X and MX.

    Improvements in styling, performance and range make both of these off-road oriented models a dream to own and operate. With almost three times the range of previous Zero X and MX models, and with substantially more power on tap, these electric dirt motorcycles take off-road riding to an all new level.


    First 2012 Zero DS rolls off the assembly line

    North American Dealers scheduled to receive first shipment of 2012 Zero DS models in January. 

    Zero motorcycles recently celebrated the start of production of its ground breaking 2012 model line with the rollout of its first new 2012 Zero DS. Management and staff greeted the arrival of the stunning new Zero DS motorcycle on Dec. 15, 2011 (it was an early Christmas present) with applause and excitement. Additionally, Zero Motorcycles announces that the entire product line is in full production and dealers and consumers alike can expect to see the motorcycles hitting the marketplace throughout the first quarter of 2012. Zero recently debuted the all-new 2012 product line to a very positive response this past November at the 2011 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.

    “It’s an amazing feeling to watch the fruition of so much hard work and effort as it comes into being and becomes something that is so special and unique,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are very proud of our dedicated team at Zero Motorcycles. Without their passion and dedication to building the very best electric motorcycle, we wouldn’t be in the position we are today. The progress being made is phenomenal, every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before.”

    The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles on a single charge. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street models just about the world’s easiest-to-own form of transportation.

    Zero’s new Z-Force power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95 percent more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80 percent capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All of Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology, meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all-routine powertrain maintenance. The same is true for the all new Zero X and MX. Improvements in styling, performance and range make both of these off-road oriented models a dream to own and operate. With almost three times the range of previous Zero X and MX models, and with substantially more power on tap, these electric dirt motorcycles take off-road riding to an all new level.


    Zero to debut complete 2012 model line at New York International Motorcycle Show

    Zero has announced the North American debut of its 2012 model line will take place at the New York International Motorcycle Show on January 20-22, 2012. Hitting dealer showrooms in February, Zero Motorcycles’ new lineup includes the world’s first production electric motorcycles capable of exceeding 100 miles on a single charge.

    Marking the significance of the North American debut, Zero will be holding a press conference where they will officially introduce the new models and answer questions. Following the New York event, Zero will be showcasing the new models to the public at select International Motorcycle Shows across the country including: Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago and Charlotte.

    Note for Canadian readers!: Zero motorcycles should be getting a 2012 model out to the 2012 Halifax International Motorcycle Show - taking place February 17-19. Freedom Cycles of Halifax has signed on to be an exclusive dealer in Nova Scotia and plans are to ensure the arrival of 2012 machines in time for the show!

    “The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour provides Zero a great showcase to display our ground breaking new 2012 model motorcycles. We selected New York because it's one of the largest IMS Shows in 2012 and it gives us an official press conference platform to highlight our all-new products,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We look forward to visiting with enthusiasts at each of the other cities on our stops and sharing with them the amazing new two-wheeled technology Zero has developed.”

    The all-new Zero S, a street fighter, and the Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles per charge. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed over the 2011 models, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S reaching 88 mph. Both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride.

    In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street model motorcycles just about the world’s easiest to own form of transportation.


    Zero Motorcycles exclusive first East Coast showing

    If you need another reason to come to the Halifax International Motorcycle Show (Feb 17-19, 2012) than this might be it!

    Freedom Cycle have just become the exclusive dealer of Zero Motorcycles in Nova Scotia and they're going to be bringing a complete lineup of five 2012 Zero electric motorcycles to the show. These brand new 2012's will be arriving at the dealership just in time for the show. Come check out this amazing blend of exciting motorcycle and technology.

    The new 2012's are a huge improvement over even the electric bikes of last year. Over 100 mile range (approximately 183 KM's), life of motorcycle power packs (as much as 308,000 miles or 495,000 km's), and maybe best of all - no gasoline stops; EVER.

    We're taken a quick ride and Zero aren't exaggerating when they say these bikes have "a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride." It's really a strange sensation to be riding so quickly and effortlessly on something that makes almost no noise. There's also no shifting or clutch... you don't need them on the Zero.

    Come see for yourself what the rest of the world is talking about. Electric bikes are here to stay and these are cutting edge machines.

    About the Halifax International Motorcycle Show:

    This coming February Halifax’s historic waterfront will showcase the finest motorcycles and accessories from around the world at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show. For three amazing days, motorcycling enthusiasts from across the region will come together with world-class exhibitors- manufacturers, suppliers and dealers—in 50,000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of Halifax.


    114 Miles Range - Meet the 2012 Zero Model Line

    Zero Motorcycles has announced their 2012 model line that includes a revolutionary new powertrain, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a power pack designed to last the life of the motorcycle and top speeds of up to 88 mph. Stealthy looking and contemporary, every model has been transformed to be faster, go further and, in the spirit of all two wheeled enthusiasts, to be more fun than ever before. Innovating at an exceptional pace, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin delivery of its complete 2012 model line in February 2012. This will mark the first time in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers to own.

    Zero’s new Z-Force power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

    “The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. “Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers.”

    The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Perhaps more importantly, both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street models just about the world’s easiest to own form of transportation.

    If you are interested in opening up new off-road riding possibilities with a nearly silent dirt bike, Zero has two models that are better looking and faster than ever before to meet your needs. For 2012, Zero streamlined its off-road model line. The Zero X, designed for trail riding, is now exclusively available with lights and is street-legal. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it now uses the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX. Built for motocross riding and now exclusively available for off-road only, the Zero MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher top speeds. Both off-road models have a bold new design that speaks to their more aggressive and longer lasting powertrain. 

    Pricing information:

    Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, is sometimes applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through dealerships and, in states or countries without dealerships, sells motorcycles through its website. Each motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty and will begin shipping in February. Zero and its dealers will accept pre-orders from customers who would like to secure a new 2012 electric motorcycle. The complete pricing for each model is below.

    - MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
    - MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
    Zero DS

    - MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
    - MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995** 

    Zero XU

    - MSRP: $7,695* | €7,695** 

    Zero X

    - MSRP: $9,945* | €9,945** 

    - Zero MX

    - MSRP: $9,495* | €9,495**

    *Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees.
    **Includes Product, Shipping, and VAT. Does not include PDI or road registration fees.


    London's largest law enforcement agency testing the Zero DS electric motorcycle

    Zero Motorcycles Continues to Secure New Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies,
    Military and Fleet Programs

    Zero Motorcycles announced in mid-October in the United Kingdom and greater Europe that London’s Metropolitan (Met) Police - Motorcycle Tasking Team, has taken delivery for further assessment of the Zero DS (Dual Sport) electric motorcycle for urban patrolling purposes. This news reaches the United States as Zero is embarking on its largest product line unveiling to date at next week’s 2011 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Zero has been very active over the past year working closely with local law enforcement agencies and special military programs to educate them on the benefits of electric motorcycle technology.

    The Zero DS is the first electric motorcycle to participate in a trial with a United Kingdom law enforcement agency. As part of the program, the Zero DS will be evaluated in two areas of policing – The Motorcycle Tasking Team will use the bike at its roadside tasking sites and will also be using it for actual law enforcement purposes.

    The bike will also be used as part of the Met’s “BikeSafe” and “ScooterSafe” programs, which are aimed at raising awareness and offering briefings and assessments around the country to help reduce motorcycle related accidents.

    Mick Cheeseman, Sergeant in the Motorcycle Tasking Team for the Met, said, “The Motorcycle Team is very excited to be given the opportunity to test the Zero DS under everyday police conditions. Much of our work is about giving advice and instruction on keeping motorcyclists safe on London’s roads, and being able to do this on an electric motorcycle means also we can aim to reduce our impact on the environment. The Zero DS is a technologically advanced machine and we look forward to trialling it over the next few weeks to see how it can be used to as a daily part of our police business.”

    Edwin Belonje, Managing Director, Zero Motorcycles Europe, added, “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with London’s Metropolitan Police and to support their efforts to find ways to reduce their carbon output by using zero emission vehicles on a daily basis. The Zero DS will provide them with an insight into the huge benefits of electric vehicles, including noise reduction, particularly relevant in pedestrian areas, reduced running costs as there is minimal servicing and maintenance costs associated with electric vehicles, and obviously lower fuel costs.”

    Zero Motorcycles are currently being used by law enforcement agencies in Scotts Valley, Calif., Santa Cruz, Calif., the City of Pointe-Claire and by the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Service, where Zeros are utilized daily by the police department and security divisions to assist with local patrols and traffic enforcement.
    The Zero DS is being supplied in full Met Police uniform thanks to a sponsorship from the UK’s leading security marking company Datatag ID Ltd. The bike has also been fitted with a Datatag security system.


    Zero Motorcycles to showcase its high-performance electric race bike at the 2011 SEMA show

    Zero Motorcycles will be showcasing its high-performance race motorcycle this week at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The racing application, developed by Zero Motorcycles and K Squared Racing, will be onsite in the International Rectifier Booth #34193.

    Team Rider and Manager, Kenyon Kluge will be onsite answering questions and signing autographs. This is Zero Motorcycles’ first product appearance at SEMA.

    “SEMA is the gateway to innovation in the auto industry and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase our electric race motorcycle in the International Rectifier Booth. Zero’s vast product line continues to innovate in the motorcycle industry and by showcasing our technology at SEMA it opens us up to a new audience as well.”

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 1st – Friday, November 4th
    WHERE: International Rectifier Booth #34193


    Are you ready to give up gas?

    Brammo have a video showcasing their "Engage" model with a 6 speed electric drivetrain.  Range is still the biggest issue with electric bikes in our opinion but putting in a 6-speed transmission makes them a whole lot more like regular motorcycles and way more fun.

    Are you ready to give up gas?  Polaris Industries must think there's a future in it.  They were part of a 28 million dollar investment in Brammo in the hope to boost the development of electric powertrain technology. That's a lot of money to get even better at something you're already good at. We should be seeing some exciting things out of Brammo.

    Not to mention that Brammo has roughly 30 dealerships right now and Polaris - about 3,0000.  That can only be a good thing for Brammo.

    One thing is for sure - electric is here to stay


    Zero Motorcycles donates 2011 Zero S for fundraising gala

    A bit of US press for Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles are donating a bike to help raise funds for "The Bridge School." Canadian content - Neil Young and Pegi Young are hosting the event. They helped found the school which an educational organization in 1986.  Two of Neil Young's children have cerebral palsy and a third (like Neil) have epilepsy so it's a cause with significant meaning for him.    

    Here's the full details:

    Zero Motorcycles announced that it is donating a 2011 Zero S to The Bridge School to assist in its fundraising efforts. The Bridge School is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of providing innovative education to children with severe speech and physical impairments. Founded in 1986 by a group of dedicated parents and professionals in speech and language pathology, the founders envisioned an environment where children with complex communication needs could learn, grow and thrive while developing specific skills and abilities each child needs to be successful as adults and to realize a high quality of life.

    The highlight of The Bridge School’s fundraising efforts is a benefit concert held each year hosted by Neil and Pegi Young. This year’s concert is scheduled for October 22 and 23 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. In addition, this year, a fundraising gala will be held the week before the concert to help raise money for the organization.

    “Zero Motorcycles is very proud to be able to support the efforts of this amazing organization, its staff, parents, students and founders,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero. “I attended last year’s benefit concert and was thoroughly amazed by the work The Bridge School is doing on behalf of the children involved. As a corporate neighbor and progressive company, we believe we have a responsibility to help support worthwhile organizations like The Bridge School. We hope our small gift will help raise much needed money that can be used to affect the students’ lives in a positive way.”

    According to Dr. Vicki Casella, The Bridge School Executive Director, “We are very pleased to have Zero joining us in support of our 25th Anniversary.  We are very proud of the work done here at The Bridge School and realize that it is only through the donations and support of individuals and organizations that we are able to achieve our mission of supporting our students as they achieve full participation in their communities and reach their maximum potential.”

    A Zero S will be raffled off at The Bridge School Gala on Oct. 14. The event is hosted by Neil and Pegi Young and features Dave Matthews as the entertainment.


    Zero Motorcycles to make first ever appearance at EICMA

    Zero Motorcycles has announced its participation in the November 2011 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Zero will be making its first-ever appearance at EICMA where the company plans to launch its 2012 model line. No information has been released on what specifically will be announced at the show and Zero plans to keep quiet until the event. EICMA was selected as the venue for the 2012 launch because it is the motorcycle industry’s most respected tradeshow for showcasing the latest products and trends. With Zero’s accelerating growth in Europe and across the globe, EICMA also fits into the company’s overall strategic plans.

    "As we’ve solidified our international distribution efforts by expanding into Australia, Canada and most recently Brazil, and with our longstanding relationships in the U.S and throughout Europe, our attendance at the 2011 EICMA show is a logical extension of our goal to continue growing the Zero brand on a global level,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing, Zero Motorcycles. “We are looking forward to seeing the response to our 2012 model line announcement especially in light of all the dramatic new features and improvements our engineering teams have accomplished. It’s also important for us from the perspective of reaching out to the European market as we roll out our dealer development program in key markets in Europe”.

    The new 2012 product lineup for Zero will be sure to excite and to showcase the accelerated technical development going on at Zero. Zero will be unveiling an all-new booth design similar to the display featured earlier this year at the 2011 MotoGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The revamped booth will host interactive display kiosks, vibrant Zero Motorcycles imagery and of course, the entire all-new 2012 product line. Zero can be found in the American Pavilion, hall #2, booth #G29. This is the 69th International Motorcycle Exhibition and will be held, Nov. 8-13, 2011.


    Zero announces expansion in South America

    Zero Motorcycles has announced the expansion of its South American sales and distribution operations with the addition of Grupo Izzo. The new Zero S, DS and XU models are now available for demo rides and additional models are expected to arrive later this year.

    “Zero Motorcycles has experienced exceptional growth throughout Europe, and now we are pleased to be expanding our sales and distribution channels to Brazil to continue the enhancement of Zero’s international reach,” said John Lloyd, VP World Wide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Our partnership with Grupo Izzo will allow us to expand Zero Motorcycles’ presence in the Southern Hemisphere while giving motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to experience our high performance electric motorcycles throughout South America."

    "As we have always done since we entered the motorcycle business, we have pioneered the development of new markets in Brazil. Over the past 18 years, we have been responsible for the growth of the premium motorcycle industry by meeting the demands of our customers early and maintaining a leadership role. We have chosen to represent the Zero Motorcycles brand to deliver high performance and premium electric motorcycles within large urban centers that are quite environmentally friendly. The breadth of products that Zero Motorcycles provides gives our customers a choice of performance, speed and range expected of an urban vehicle in Brazil," said Paulo Izzo, President of Grupo Izzo. "With the environmental awareness that our country has, we are confident that we have partnered with the right brand to meet the expectations of this market."

    Zero Motorcycles entered the European market in 2008 and subsequently experienced a rapid growth in demand. Starting immediately, Zero’s complete product line is available for purchase in Brazil and the expansion is being backed with marketing, sales and service through Grupo Izzo. Interested riders can now schedule demo rides on the popular Zero S and DS at all eleven of Grupo Izzo’s dealerships, and see the line of Zero Motorcycle’s products in the upcoming Salão das Duas Rodas show in Sao Paulo, Brazil from October 4 – 9, 2011.


    Zero Motorcycles demonstrates electric motorcycle technology to US Secretary of Transportation

    United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood received a personal demonstration of Zero’s 2011 electric motorcycle product line. The program was held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 (APEC) Senior Officials Meeting being held this week in San Francisco. Zero participated in the Innovative Technologies in Sustainable Transportation program hosted across the bay at FedEx Oakland Airport. Zero highlighted its electric motorcycle technology amidst a wide variety of alternative fuel transportation solutions, including the Nissan Leaf, Honda Clarity, Chevy Volt, BMW Mini-E and Ford Focus EV.

    “We are honored to be here and to see the interest from Secretary LaHood. Not only did he see the potential for these electric motorcycles, he was very encouraged by the green transportation jobs Zero Motorcycles is creating here in America,” said Jay Friedland, Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability for Zero Motorcycles. “Our motorcycles are truly game changing and once you ride one, you immediately realize that electric motorcycles are here to stay. Our motorcycles are high performance, fun to ride and the best part is, you can buy one today.”

    Besides an overall interest in the Zero product line, LaHood showed particular interest in the efforts to extend Federal Tax credits for electric motorcycles. In a brief discussion with Zero staff, LaHood expressed support for seeing that these valuable incentives remain available to consumers and help create more American jobs.


    Husqvarna E-Go Concept

    Husqvarna has unveiled a concept lightweight electric motorcycle dubbed the Concept E-go.

    My advice - build it - but you'd better ditch that name.  E-Go?  How about an Army of Darkness throwback movie reference "Boomstick".  Then anytime anybody asked you what it was you could say... And THIS... is my BOOMstick!

    Great looking single sided swingarm and check out that single sided double leg front fork. The styling says aggressive and fun but Husqvarna indicates it's a good design for first time bikers and urban commuters.  That doesn't really spell excitement to us.  Time will tell!

    Full Details:

    Husqvarna Concept E-go was presented today at the Frankfurt IAA . Extreme, light, streamlined. This is Husqvarna's approach to today's electric motorcycling world. Urban commuting for first-time bikers who can have all the attractive features that a Husqvarna machine boasts: an explosive mix of road, off-road and supermotard experiences.Only 80 kg of pure exhilaration, with an innovative design inspired and derived from the latest Husqvarna models, with features such as the striking side panels that makes this bike clearly a member of the Husqvarna family.

    The Concept E-go is Husqvarna's solution to electric motorcycling and how to enthuse the young generation to the spirit of riding and freedom. Change is inevitable, and Husqvarna is ready, with an advanced technological concept and a highly personal design.


    Zero motorcycles - Expanding in dealership sales

    Zero appears to have taken another bold move. They've begun to offer Zero motorcycles through the traditional dealership sales channel.

    They've made an announcement that this new sales channel will start with 8 key dealerships (list below). The first one listed - Malcolm Smith Motorsports - is a pretty famous dealership in its own right. You might recognize the name Malcolm Smith as a guy in 'that' little movie about motorcycles - On Any Sunday.

    One more BIG step towards the mainstreaming of electric motorcycles!

    Here's the full details:


    - Eight Major Powersports Dealers Become 1st in Nation to Put Bikes Directly In Front of Consumers -

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (July 12, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, today announced the expansion of its current sales model to now include traditional motorcycle dealers as a point of purchase for retail customers. The development of a traditional dealership program has been part of Zero’s strategic plan for more than a year as the company continues to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities. The new dealership experience now provides consumers with a location to see and experience Zero’s expansive and rapidly growing product line all in one place. Eight of the most recognized and largest multi-line dealers have signed on to carry Zero’s entire product line.

    - Malcolm Smith Motorsports (Riverside, California)
    - MotoWorld of El Cajon (El Cajon, California)
    - Escondido Cycle Center (Escondido, California)
    - Mission Motorcycles (Daly City, California)
    - NorCal MasterCraft (Sacramento/Pleasanton, California)
    - Grand Prix Motorsports (Littleton, Colorado)
    - C&C Sports (Brighton, Michigan)
    - Hitching Post (Fridley/Hopkins/South St. Paul, Minnesota)

    “As we continue adding new motorcycles to our product line-up, consumers are looking to experience our products in more of a traditional retail setting that allows for them to touch and feel all of our bikes in one location and at one time,” said John Lloyd, VP of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “It has always been part of our strategic plan to add multi-line dealerships to the mix and the timing is now right for us to move in this direction. Dealers have been requesting we alter our sales model for the past few years so they could begin selling our products and we are now in a position to successfully do this.”

    The new dealership model for Zero will include the United States and Canada as part of the initial rollout and is a major transition in the development of Zero’s distribution model (Canadian dealership partners will be announced in an upcoming release). Zero’s current sales channel is predominately internet-driven through, with consumer test rides being conducted by field representatives. Now interested buyers can go directly to their nearest Zero Motorcycles dealership to test ride and buy a Zero on-site. Once the official transition is completed, Zero Motorcycles will no longer sell motorcycles directly to consumers, unless purchasing from a powersports dealer is not feasible.


    BMW's electronic concept scooter

    There's been a lot of news coming from BMW this week and here's a little more.  They're showing off their concept e-scooter; that's "e" for electric.  While an electric scooter may or may not be your thing a internal combustion engine scooter from BMW might be.  Imagine this with an ICE engine or maybe a combination electric/ICE.  Now that might be something!

    Here's all the details:

    Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major conurbation centres and traffic density is growing continuously. Political and social conditions are changing. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of  private transportation. The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter with electric drive provides an innovative look at changing urban mobility needs.

    While the currently available, purely electrically-powered scooters have been almost exclusively used inside towns and cities to date due to their performance and range, which makes them suitable for short distances only, the concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter offers a much broader spectrum of use.

    High range and excellent performance figures.

    Since it was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between urban areas and the city centre, therefore attracting funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, there were two main requirements for its development: dynamic figures comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine and a high range in realistic conditions of use.

    The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter provides the necessary sustained output and maximum speed for safe and reliable overtaking on urban motorways and also when carrying two people. It is also easily capable of managing hill starts on steep slopes with a pillion passenger.

    The development study also has the necessary maximum output to be able to achieve acceleration figures within the important 0 - 60 km/h range, which are at the level of current maxi scooters powered by a 600 cc combustion engine.

    The high storage capacity of the battery allows a daily driving range of over 100 kilometres. In this way, the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle provides a long-term, zero-emissions urban and suburban travel option which is suitable for everyday use.

    Fast charging at conventional power sockets.

    The E-Scooter concept vehicle's battery is charged at regular household power sockets as found in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, so no special charging station is required. When the battery is completely flat, the charging period is less than three hours. However, practical experience has shown that the battery rarely runs out completely, so charging times are generally shorter.


    Unlike existing maxi scooters with combustion engines, the concept vehicle does not have a main frame. Instead, the aluminium battery casing — which also contains the electronic system required for battery cell monitoring —takes over the function of the frame. The steering head support is connected to it, as is the rear frame and the left-hand mounted single swing arm with directly hinged, horizontally installed shock absorber.

    Electric machine, power electronics and charging device.

    Due to its high output, the BMW Motorrad development study has no hub motor with direct drive or planetary gearbox. Instead, the high-performance electric machine is mounted behind the battery casing. The secondary drive consists of a toothed belt from the electric machine to the belt pulley mounted coaxially on the swinging fork pivot with drive pinion. From here, power transmission occurs via roller chain to the rear wheel. When the E-Scooter is decelerated in trailing throttle or when braking, the energy released is recuperated, thereby increasing the vehicle's range by between 10 and 20 per cent depending on driving profile.

    The electrical components required for the electric drive are installed on the top of the battery casing. The external battery electronics system permanently collects and monitors data such as the temperature and voltage of the battery cells, both during travel and while charging. The power electronics acts as a control system and controls the electric machine. The charging device includes a charge cable which allows the battery to be recharged at a conventional household power socket. In addition to the other components like an ISO insulation monitor, high-voltage indicator and a high-voltage distributor, a DC-DC converter is included. It is required to change high voltage to low voltage power to supply the 12 volt vehicle supply and especially for the control units.

    Cooling system.

    During travel, the electric machine and power electronics are liquid-cooled, as is the charging device during charging. An electric coolant pump ensures coolant circulation through the radiator. While a coolant is commonly used for the battery in electrically powered cars, the E-Scooter concept vehicle uses an air cooling system in order to save space.


    BMW Motorrad is one of the very few motorcycle manufacturers to be able to draw on its own experience and expertise in the automobile field in the development of electrically powered vehicles. Synergies are derived from the development of the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle not just in the ready availability of technical components but also in the area of high voltage engineering and the associated safety requirements. Here for the first time, standards established by the leading automobile manufacturers relating to high voltage safety (> 60 volt) and functional reliability are being applied to a two-wheel vehicle with electric drive.


    Mark Blackwell joins Board of Zero Motorcycles

    Racing Legend and Veteran Industry Executive to Provide Advice and Counsel to Management Team through Rapid Growth of Company.

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced that Mark Blackwell joined its Board of Directors. Mark was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. Mark started racing while in his teens and was one of the very first American Motocross superstars. After his racing career, Mark has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the motorcycle industry, initially at Suzuki, then at Husqvarna, at Suzuki again and finally at Victory Motorcycles where he was Vice President & General Manager through a critical growth period for the brand. In addition to his new responsibilities with Zero, Mark remains an executive of Polaris Industries.

    “I am delighted to join the Board of Zero Motorcycles. I have tracked the progress of the company from afar and been impressed with its growing product line and its increasingly well-established brand, channel, and supply chain. I look forward to helping the company grow in the coming years and advising its team of talented, industry-experienced executives,” said Mark Blackwell.

    "My colleagues and I have known Mark for a while and we greatly value his industry insight, knowledge of motorcycles, and years of managerial expertise,” said Aflalo Guimaraes, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC and a Zero board member. “We are excited Mark has elected to join the Board of the company and we know his contributions and talents will make an enormous impact on our business moving forward. We look forward to a close and productive relationship with him.”


    Zero Motorcycles Dominates Electric Class in 2011 AMA Minimoto SX Competition

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, is celebrating victory this past weekend at the 2011 Geico AMA MiniMoto SX in Las Vegas. On Friday, May 6, Zero set some of the fastest qualifying times among both gas and electric motorcycles. Quick from the start, they dominated the electric motorcycle heat race on production Zero MX dirt bikes. During the race, Zero's Blake Mitchell took first, followed by Jamie Lanza, Chris Green and Trevor Doniak.Consistently outpacing, out accelerating and out handling the other electric motorcycle competition, Zero showed the strength of their dirt bike line which has evolved to become faster and more robust over several generations. The winner, Blake Mitchell, owns and trains on a Zero X which he purchased in 2008 so that he could gain a competitive edge by riding close to home without disturbing those living nearby.

    “Our lap times, success in qualifying heats and speed during the race showcased the performance available today from Zero Motorcycles line of production electric dirt bikes. By leveraging the highly efficient and powerful advantages of our direct drive powertrain we were able to consistently beat the other electric competition by a wide margin,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are incredibly proud of our team’s performance. Our thanks and congratulations not only go out to Blake, Jamie, Chris and Trevor, but also to our engineers and technicians as well who supported the effort throughout.”

    Adding an interesting twist, during racing and qualifying the electric motorcycles were mixed in with their internal combustion counterparts. In an attempt to level the playing field and capture fans' attention, race organizers handicapped the electric motorcycles by delaying their start behind the gas motorcycles by several seconds.While entertaining, the top electric motorcycle riders were so much faster than the majority of the combustion field that it caused hazards during passing that resulted in at least one incident. As riders increasingly turn to high performance electric motorcycles it will be the challenge of organizers to decide how best to integrate a new powertrain into a new racing tradition.

    Zero has made it a goal to work with promoters in an effort to increase the amount of riders competing on electric motorcycles and envisions a future of both electric only and gas-electric races. “We are deeply indebted to the promoters of the MiniSX for their vision and support for electric motorcycles as the next generation in motocross racing. It’s only through their efforts that racing fans and the public can get a glimpse of what the future holds”, said Scot Harden. “In particular we wish to thank Eric Peronnard, Mike Karsting and Lance Bryson for making it possible for us to have a venue to compete”.

    No stranger to the racing world, Zero Motorcycles won the inaugural TTXGP at Infineon Raceway in 2010. They also competed against over two hundred and fifty gas motorcycles and four other electric motorcycles during the Electric Off-Road Challenge in Gironville, France. After beating the other electric competitors on a Zero MX, Thomas Aubry went on to take first place in the last race of his series, placing him third overall in his class. In 2009, Zero Motorcycles held the 24 Hours of Electricross, which became the world’s first all-electric 24-hour off-road race. Incidentally, Blake Mitchell competed in the 24 hour race on his Zero X. Zero Motorcycles uses racing to prove and refine its advanced motorcycle technology for integration into its production electric motorcycle line.


    Charge - Available in Canada May 10th.

    We had told you about the new film titled "Charge" that Mark Neale has been working on. Well a special "Preview" edition is finally ready and will be available for order in Canada on May 10th, 2011.

    Mark Neale - award winning director of Faster, a documentary that takes you into the wild world of racing 500cc MotoGP bikes, has a new film he's working on titled Charge that takes on the historic rise of electric powered superbikes.

    Place your orders HERE


    Brammo electric bikes get gears

    US based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Brammo appears to be the first electric motorcycle maker that's addressing the desire of many motorcyclists for manual transmissions. Brammo have announced that they're launching four new models with gearboxes.

    The technology comes Italian R&D developer SMRE but Brammo have exclusive international rights to use the Integrated Electric Transmission, or IET.

    The bikes to feature the IET system are the Engage MX dirt bike, Engage SMR super-moto, Engage SMS super-moto, and Encite MMX Pro dirt bike. Prices for the MX dirt bike and SMR super-moto will be around $10,000 US, and the SMS super-moto will be approximately $12,000 US. No price yet on the Encite MMX.

    It's a big move by Brammo that should encourage more traditional motorcyclists to make the switch from internal combustion.


    SORA - Canada's 200 km/hr electric superbike

    Lito - a Quebec based company is producing an electric powered superbike they've called the SORA that's said to be capable of a 200 km/hr top speed with a range of up to 300 KM.  It's not cheap though at a reported $42,399.  It does feature what they say is the world's first electronic adjustable seat height so you can change your stance on the bike - on the fly.

    The battery is said to be a top-of-the-line high density battery that will last the life of the bike. It takes 8 hours for a full charge so I hope you don't have to go anywhere for a while after depleting the battery.

    It's very Confederate Hellcat looking to my eyes. The folks at Lito say their bike takes the best styling cues from Bobber and Café Racer/Street Fighter bikes and combines them into a no compromise electric superbike.

    No word on when it'll be available exactly but you can reserve a test ride.

    Full specs:

    Technical Features: Designed with state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality parts, the SORA is a feat of motorbike engineering.

    The SORA's technical capabilities include:

    Chassis - Lightweight aluminum 6061-T6
    Wheelbase 1498 mm (59.0 in.)

    Front suspension:
    43 mm inverted cartridge fork.
    Fully adjustable
    Front wheel travel - 125 mm

    Rear suspension
    Elka suspension fully adjustable preload. Aluminum swingarm
    Rear wheel travel - 127 mm

    Front: 120/70 ZR17
    Rear: 180/55 ZR17

    6-spoke lightweight forged billet aluminum
    Front: 3.50 x 17"
    Rear: 5.50 x 17"

    Front brake

    Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers 2-pad
    Rear brake

    Single 250 mm petal disc,
    opposed 2-piston caliper


    240 kg (529.2 lbs.)

    Seat Height - Adjustable electric seat from 750 to 850mm (29.5 to 33.5 in.)

    Motor - Liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction
    Transmissions - Belt final drive and CVT transmission

    Crank: 80 Nm (59 ft-lb, 0-6000rpm)
    Wheel: 960 Nm (708 ft-lb)

    SORA top speed - 200 km/h (120 mph)

    Energy storage - 12 kWh lithium-polymer battery modules with integrated Battery Management System, on-board charge, J1772 compatible

    Power Control - LITO advanced software,integrated computer, regenerative braking, 3 control modes (performance, eco, safe range)

    Recharge Time - Approximately 8 hours

    Digital unit with displays for: speedometer, battery charge level and warning lights
    5.7in. LCD with touch screen:
    GPS and LITO's application
    USB port

    Range - Up to 300 km (185 miles)


    Charge - The new "FASTER"

    Mark Neale - award winning director of Faster, a documentary that takes you into the wild world of racing 500cc MotoGP bikes, has a new film he's working on titled Charge that takes on the historic rise of electric powered superbikes.

    No word on exactly when it will make its motion picture debut but it covers TTXGP on the Isle of Man from 2009 so let's hope it comes out soon!

    Yes - that's the familiar voice of Ewan McGregor narrating.


    Zero Motorcycles’ Long-time CEO Retires

    Another departure from the high ranks at electric motorcycle manufacturer - Zero. First it was the Founder Neil Saiki who left to try his hand at the Sikorsky Prize (human powered flight competition) and now comes news of CEO Gene Banman's departure.  Guess they got a big enough chunk of that 17 million dollar investment by investor group - Invus that they both decided to move on.  Or if Internet gossip is to be believed they were both pushed out.

    full details...

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry,today announced that its long-time CEO, Gene Banman, is retiring from the operational management of the company. Banman joined the company as COO in 2007 as employee number nine. Within 60 days he became CEO and led the effort to find professional investors to get the company off the ground. He has since raised tens of millions in funding, built a strong executive team and positioned Zero as worldwide leader in the electric motorcycle industry. Banman will stay on the board of directors and day-to-day operations will be directed by COO, Karl Wharton, who joined the company in February.

    "It’s been a tremendous experience, getting Zero Motorcycles to this point,” said Banman. “I feel proud of the enormous progress we have made and of the excellent management team we have put in place that will take the company to the next level. I plan to get some R&R and travel, and then do some part time work with non-profits. I look forward to continuing to work with the company as a board member.”

    ”My colleagues and I knew Gene well before Invus became an investor in Zero Motorcycles,” said Aflalo Guimaraes, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC and Zero board member. “Gene, together with Neal Saiki, were instrumental in convincing us to back the company at the time when it was just a startup with a vision to transform the motorcycle industry. Gene's leadership and the team he brought together have established Zero as the leading manufacturer and brand of electric motorcycles and put it on course to realize the vision of making electric motorcycles a mainstream segment of the industry by both appealing to experienced riders and bringing new customers into the camaraderie of riders. We are thankful for everything Gene has done for Zero to date and are glad that our association with Gene continues with his ongoing active participation on the board of the company.”


    Zero founder leaves company for new challenge

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry today announced that its founder, Neal Saiki, is leaving his daily operational responsibilities for the company. He will be re-entering the Igor I. Sikorski Human Powered Helicopter Competition, which Neal first pursued at Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo as an aeronautical engineering student in 1989. Neal and his wife, Lisa, founded Zero Motorcycles Inc. (then called Electricross) in their garage in Scotts Valley, Calif., in January of 2006. Now, five years later, the company has built a strong management team, an employee base of over 60 people and has just announced the industry’s broadest line of electric motorcycles for 2011.

    “Neal had the vision, the talent and the courage to launch an electric motorcycle company before there really was an electric motorcycle industry, or even a market. His vision and hard work have helped make Zero the industry leader,” stated long-time Zero Motorcycles Board Member, Aflalo Guimarães, Managing Director of The Invus Group, Zero’s largest investor. “We are grateful to Neal and will continue to rely on his vision and counsel.” Zero Motorcycles is also a corporate sponsor of Neal’s entry into the competition.

    Zero Motorcycles has added several industry veterans to its management team over the past year and is well positioned to execute the vision with which Neal launched the company. “Founding Zero was exciting, fun and a lot of hard work. At this point, I think it is well established. I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve assembled to carry Zero into the future. I can now move on to pursuing the dream of building a human powered flying machine,” stated Neal.


    Zero Motorcycles, Inc. Gets $26 Million Investment

    Led by Invus LP, the investors behind Zero Motorcycles have committed additional capital to fuel its expansion.

    Zero Motorcycles, announced today it has raised $26 million in additional financing from its investor group, led by Invus, LP. The financing closed on March 3, 2011 with $17 million invested and the potential for an additional $9 million over the coming months as the company continues to grow.

    “With this investment, we will continue to ramp up our US-based production while rapidly expanding our global sales footprint. Our new 2011 lineup of California-designed and assembled electric motorcycles has been very well received by the market and press, and we intend to further accelerate growth and enhance our leadership position. We are continuing to commit significant R&D resources to our electric drivetrain technology, and are building the leading supply chain in the industry through our own efforts and our partnering with world-class suppliers. The company has the strong financial footing it needs to expand the business and move the state of electric motorcycle development rapidly forward,” said Zero, CEO, Gene Banman.

    Invus, LP has been the principal investor in Zero Motorcycles since its initial investment in April 2008. “Zero Motorcycles is well positioned to lead the motorcycle industry in new directions where electric propulsion offers unique advantages over traditional gas-powered motorcycles. As Zero’s electric powertrain technology continues to advance, we see the potential for Zero to make ever-increasing inroads in the motorcycle market,” said Aflalo Guimarães, Managing Director of The Invus Group. “We are enthusiastic in our support of the company.”

    About Zero Motorcycles:  
    Zero Motorcycles is headquartered near the city of Santa Cruz in Northern California, where Zero Motorcycles designs and assembles 100% of its world-wide production of motorcycles, of which over 50% are exported to Europe, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. It has over 70 employees in California and Europe. Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how to design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, we are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize our industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology. 

    About The Invus Group:
    Invus is a global private investment firm managing approximately $4 billion of capital in an evergreen structure. Its principals work out of offices in New York, Boston, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Over its 26-year history, Invus has partnered with management teams in a wide range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, consumer services, specialty retailing, software, telecommunications, clean technologies, medical devices, and biotechnology, producing rates of return at the very top of the private equity industry.


    Zero announces a new model; the Zero XU – Urban Crosser

    Urban Crosser’ Becomes First Street Motorcycle with a Removable Power Pack for Riders without Access to Street Level Charging. Now you can take your battery with you for charging! Smart!

    Here's a US focused news release; there's still good stuff in there for us Canadian riders too though:

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the Zero XU. A new model for the company, it marks the fifth to be added to the product line. With instant torque from zero rpm, no shifting, a low weight, a low seat height and a removable power pack, the Zero XU is designed to be the ideal electric motorcycle for those who live in the city. It leverages the time-tested Zero X off-road platform for durability and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish new body.

    Bringing Zero Motorcycles’ product offerings to a new population, the Zero XU is the world’s first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger. This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially nonstop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs. As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the Zero XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by approximately fifty percent to one hour. The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX can use their power packs interchangeably with the new Zero XU.

    “We’re excited to announce our fifth model for 2011. The Zero XU is ideal for those living and working in a city,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “With no shifting, quiet operation, comfortable ergonomics and optional onboard storage, riders of all experience levels are able to focus on simply enjoying the ride. Add to that the ability to remove the power pack and the Zero XU becomes the ultimate urban crosser.”

    The Zero XU starts at $7,995 USD MSRP. A federal tax credit can be applied if purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer other incentives. To secure an order and take advantage of the current federal incentive while it lasts, the Zero XU can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. It comes with a two-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.


    New 2011 Zero's to be displayed at Dealer Expo in Indiana

    Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, will showcase its 2011 Zero S, Zero DS, Zero X and Zero MX models at Dealer Expo 2011, Feb. 18-20 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Along with highlighting its new product line, Zero will also be presenting its business plan to interested motorcycle dealers that are looking for ways to connect to new consumers and new lines for their businesses.

    “Dealer Expo is a great way for us to reach the entire industry in one location and at one event. Whether you are an independent sales representative or multi-line dealer, it has become increasingly important to grow and adapt with the times,” said John Lloyd, VP of World Wide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Our strategies allow us to produce exceptionally high quality electric motorcycles that balance performance, range, weight, affordability and availability. In addition, our new dealer business model is equally cutting edge for today’s rapidly evolving retail environment. We encourage everyone to visit booth #5375 to talk to a representative and learn more about Zero Motorcycles.”

    Since 2006, Zero Motorcycles has been the only electric motorcycle manufacturer to produce, market and sell electric motorcycles to countries around the world. This year, Zero Motorcycles has made sweeping technical improvements as well as added a contemporary new look to all of its models, including a complete overhaul of the Zero S and the Zero DS. Every model is now ‘quick-charge’ capable using an optional upgrade that allows the motorcycles to charge nearly twice as fast. In addition, for the first time on an electric motorcycle, riders can now take advantage of J1772 public charging stations by using an optional accessory. This offers riders greater mobility by giving them access to a rapidly growing network of charge stations. The entire lineup is equipped with upgraded suspension systems, a more intelligent and rugged Z-Force powertrain, more precise charge indicators, new higher performance brakes and industry-standard component features. Other highlights to the product line include street legal configurations of the dirt bikes and a new maintenance free belt drive for the street and dual sport models.

    “We are extremely proud to be presenting at this year’s Dealer Expo,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. During 2010 our engineering and manufacturing teams worked overtime to design and build the world’s finest collection of electric motorcycles based on feedback from the marketplace and our customers. To give something back to the community that has helped us to build our new lineup, at this year’s Dealer Expo we are extremely proud to donate a 2010 Zero Motorcycle to Cycle World’s Joe Parkhurst Foundation auction to benefit the college scholarship program for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.”


    Happy Holidays from Zero Motorcycles

    Here's some holiday wishes from the folks at Zero Motorcycles:

    2010 was an exciting year for Zero Motorcycles, with many significant milestones and achievements to celebrate. With so much accomplished (and so much more still to do), it's amazing the difference just one year has made. We are proud to say that we continued to grow rapidly at both our Santa Cruz headquarters and around the world. Looking back, it would take a very long list to recap all the good news in 2010.

    Instead here are some highlights from just the last few months:

    - Zeros become the first street legal electric motorcycles in Australia
    - The Zero DS wins National Geographic's “Gear of the Year” award:
    - Zero commits nearly $2 million for its next-generation powertrain project
    - Industry veteran & hall of famer, Scot Harden becomes Zero's VP of Marketing

    If that was not enough, we are sending 2010 off with a bang with this newly released video of Motocross Champion Sebastien Tortelli talking about his experiences riding a Zero MX. To watch the video click HERE.

    From all of us here at Zero Motorcycles, we wish you the best of holidays. May 2011 bring you and yours continued peace and happiness. And of course, may all your two wheeled dreams come true.

    Enjoy the Ride,

    Your Friends at Zero


    Zero - extending reach to Australia

     For the First Time Ever Australian Riders Can Now Take to the Streets on an Electric Motorcycle

    Zero Motorcycles has announced the arrival of its popular Zero S and DS electric motorcycles in Australia. This makes Zero the first company to offer a street legal electric motorcycle for sale in Australia. As a result, motorcyclists across the country who have been waiting to receive or purchase a street legal electric motorcycle can now buy a Zero. The addition of the Zero S and DS to its Australian product offerings means that Zero’s entire electric motorcycle line is now available in Australia.   

    “The arrival of our Zero S and DS in Australia allows motorcyclists to experience and purchase a street legal electric motorcycle for the first time” said John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Off-road enthusiasts have been enjoying the Zero X and MX over the last year. We’re excited to be growing our product offerings in Australia and look forward to continuing to expand our presence throughout the region.”

    “Australians have been thinking that electric motorcycles are years away from being seen on the roads. We are extremely pleased to announce that today, and for the first time ever, street legal electric motorcycles are available in the Australian market” said Phil Wilkinson, Director of Zero Motorcycles Australia. “From the response we’re getting, Australians can expect to see many Zeros on the road in the months to come.”

    Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. The Zero S and DS have a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) and are highway legal. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology with an ultra-light frame design to make them agile and fast where it counts. Characterized by instant acceleration and lightweight design Zero’s product line allows riders to take on anything from city streets to off-road trails.


    New Representative Invites Excited Motorcycle Enthusiasts to Go for a Ride

    Zero Motorcycles announced the expansion of its Canadian sales and marketing operations with the addition of Mitchell Cycle in Mitchell, Ontario. Local residents in the Mitchell, Ontario area who have been waiting to experience the design and technology that has made Zero Motorcycles the global leader in electric motorcycles will now have more opportunities to demo Zero’s 2010 MX and DS (Dual Sport) models.

    “The expansion of our operations into Mitchell, Ontario, allows even more of our Canadian motorcyclist friends to experience Zero Motorcycles alongside representatives who share their enthusiasm,” said John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “We’re excited to be growing our presence in the Ontario area with Mitchell Cycle and are proud to have the opportunity to share the experience, innovation and performance of Zero Motorcycles.”

    When asked about their new association with Zero Motorcycles, Eric MacArthor of Mitchell Cycle added. “We are quite excited to be Ontario's newest Zero representative and extremely proud to be associated with such a fine product.”

    Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero Motorcycles achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology with an ultra-light frame design, making them agile and fast where it counts the most. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enables Zero Motorcycles to take on anything from city streets, to off-road trails, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

    To find out more about Zero Motorcycles and to schedule a demo through Mitchell Cycle, please visit: or call (519) 348-0490


    ZERO Motorcycles celebrates first registered electric motorcycle in Quebec

    Fresh off the heels of announcing the expansion of its Canadian sales and marketing operations with National Motorsports, Zero Motorcycles is proud to acknowledge its first officially registered electric motorcycle in Quebec. Many Canadians who have been waiting to experience the design and technology that has made Zero Motorcycles the global leader in electric motorcycles will now have more opportunities through National Motorsports and Frédéric Hamel of Mirabel QC is now the first official registrant to do so.

    “The idea of being able to ride a clean, green electric vehicle has been a dream of mine for years,” said Hamel. “Thank you to National Motorsports and Zero Motorcycles for making this happen.”

    Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero Motorcycles achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. The Zero S and DS have a range of up to 80 km., and a GPS verified top speed of 107 km/h. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology with an ultra-light frame design, making them agile and fast where it counts the most. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enables Zero Motorcycles to take on anything from city streets, to off-road trails, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

    To find out more about Zero Motorcycles and to schedule a demo through National Motorsports, please visit:


    Brammow Empulse video - Pretty nice!

    Looks a bit like an electric Ducati Streetfighter to me...

    Here's the video just in case you haven't seen it already.


    KTM Freeride Prototypes To Be Unveiled In Tokyo

    KTM has announced that they'll be unveiling two zero emissions electric motorcycles at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. There's going to be an off-road version and a super-moto version.

    From KTM:

    The KTM FREERIDE at the Tokia Motorcycle Show 2010. Starting on March 26th, exclusively on!

    Under the title “Freeride” KTM will present two near-series prototypes at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which in one year’s time will transfer the “Ready to Race” sporting spirit of the brand into a series model fit for the 21st century.

    With its first zero emission motorcycle, the world’s leading producer of offroad motorcycles has developed an electrically driven sports motorcycle that proves that riding fun and environmental sustainability need not be in conflict with one another.


    Zero launches 2010 lineup - 4 electric models

    Improved Performance and a New Look Among Enhancements for 2010!

    After a breakthrough year in which it became the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, Zero Motorcycles announced today the highly anticipated launch of its 2010 product line, including the Zero S, DS, X, and MX. 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. The street legal models are equipped with performance enhancements that allow for higher top speeds and greater acceleration. The entire lineup also features improvements in power pack technology and color graphics for the first time. The 2010 product launch makes Zero Motorcycles the first and only electric motorcycle company to launch four distinct models worldwide.

    “Zero Motorcycles continues to blaze the path for electric motorcycle technology. Our engineering team has revamped, redesigned and tested four models that have considerable improvements for 2010. The result is more power on the street, a new look and an unparalleled riding experience," said Gene Banman, CEO, Zero Motorcycles. "Demand in 2009 pushed us to aggressively expand our presence across the United States and around the world. The enhancements to this year's models will resonate with both serious riders and casual motorcycle enthusiasts on a global level."

    Among the most significant advances on the 2010 Zero S and DS is the revolutionary Z-Force™ Air Induction System. A platform for performance, this system allows Zero to produce more horsepower from lighter and more compact motors by increasing the airflow through the heart of the motor. Zero is also introducing a new throttle technology that modulates the increased power to provide riders with exacting control over the acceleration. All 2010 motorcycles are powered using Z-Force™ power pack technology with new and more precise cell monitoring. The cumulative result of all this technology is a longer power pack life, more power, greater acceleration off the line and superior handling.

    In addition to the increased performance capabilities, consumers now can choose between color graphic packages or Zero’s classic white on all four models, allowing riders to express themselves through personalized styling. New seat configurations are also an option for the 2010 Zero S and DS. Specially designed by Corbin, the new seats provide a more comfortable and performance-oriented ride. Those interested in reducing the stand over height of the motorcycle can now select a Corbin low seat option. The entire product line continues to be built from the ground up using Zero’s signature exposed aircraft grade alloy frame.

    NOTE: All prices listed in this Press Release are in US dollars so expect them to be higher here.  We wanted to leave them in though so you could get an idea of what they'd cost, based on their stateside pricing.

    Zero S

    Instant torque and power from a standstill, plus smooth acceleration as you race out of turns—all without ever needing to stop at a gas station. Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S electric motorcycle integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, the Zero S features an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability. At 270lbs, the Zero S has a range of up to 50 miles and a GPS verified top speed of 67 MPH. The Zero S is designed for optimal performance off the line, in sharp turns and while navigating obstacles. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enable the Zero S to take on any city street, hill or obstacle, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

    The Zero S is priced at $8,995 (after a 10% U.S. federal tax credit). Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero S comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

    Zero DS

    The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

    The Zero DS is priced at $8,995 (after a 10% U.S. federal tax credit). Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of April. The Zero DS comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

    Zero MX

    The Zero MX takes Zero’s revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for bigger jumps and smooth landings, the Zero MX uses a newly-developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX combines the state-of-the-art Z-Force™ battery technology with an ultra-light frame design, making it agile and fast where it counts most. The custom suspension system makes the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power-to-weight ratio, allowing for controlled landings and total control. An individual power pack provides up to two hours of track riding time. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Incredibly powerful, while almost completely silent, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

    The Zero MX starts at $8,295. Some countries or states may offer incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero MX comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

    Zero X

    With instant acceleration and a total weight of 151 pounds, the Zero X is a high performance electric motorcycle that takes technical trail riding to the next level. Using Zero’s patented Z-Force™ technology and boasting 50 ft-lbs of torque, this stealthy motorcycle will send you racing up hills, flying over jumps, and cutting through streams. The Zero X is built from the ground up for quick handling and maneuverability. Custom valved suspension, direct drive gearing and weight optimized components allow riders to master demanding terrain. Lightweight, silent and quick, the Zero X opens up trail riding possibilities that would otherwise be out of the question. To extend ride times customers have the option to purchase an extra power pack that can be swapped with a quick pit stop.

    The Zero X starts at $7,495. Some countries or states may offer incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero X comes with a 2-year limited warranty.


    Mission Motors sets electric motorcycle land speed record

    Mission Motors, a San Francisco based company motorcycle company has announced that its zero-emissions "Mission One" electric superbike has claimed the national AMA top speed record for an electric motorcycle, by achieving a record 150.059 mph two-pass average run sustained for one mile.

    The record was recorded at Bonneville Speedway on September 1st, 2009. Lead up to runs for the record saw one-way speeds across the mile stretch hit 161mph.

    Edward West, Mission Motors Founder and President is said to be pleased about the achievement was quoted as saying "We set this record on our first visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats on poor salt conditions and in high cross-winds. And to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville bike is truly amazing."

    The bike has one gear and max torque is available immediately. Pretty amazing stuff. It's got a range of 150 miles reportedly and they're taking deposits now. Got $68,995 USD kicking around?


    Zero DS - Video of street and trail riding

    Electric motorcycle maker Zero has a video posted on YouTube of the Zero DS, that's dual sport, in action. It's shown zipping along on the street and on a fire road. They even take it down a set of stairs.

    It's strange to hear just the whirring of the engine and mechanical noises rather than an internal combustion engine. Pretty cool. It's just 37 seconds so check it out:


    Zero launches an electric dual sport model

    It looks like Zero has dual sported their electric motorcycle! Now the critters won't hear you coming out on your favorite trail.

    Press Release

    The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom.

    Bypass the ordinary. Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, silently pass from the sublime to the civilized as you arrive at your destination. The Zero DS is tough when you demand it and distinguished when required. Its edgy, yet sophisticated, appearance is highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

    Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is accomplished using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

    More information from Zero HERE.
    More Zero news HERE.


    Quantya to supply bikes for X-Games

    Electric motorcycle maker Quantya has said recently that they're getting some bikes ready for some teams who'll be attending the 15th annual summer X-Games. The summer X-Games will be taking place this July 30-August 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center and the Home Depot Center. It features events such as Moto X, Skateboarding, BMX, Surfing, and Rallying.

    Keep a close eye on the ESPN networks and on for a couple of crews riding around on Quantya's Swiss made electric motorcycles. They'll be using them for getting around the facilities, and not for any of the main events unfortunately.

    Still it's a bit of good press for them!

    Check out Quantya's website HERE. According to their website they do ship to Canada - though we're not sure what the cost would end of being. We'll let you know when we do!


    Peugeot HYmotion 3 to see production in 2010

    According to French reports the Peugeot HYmotion; Peugeot's leaning 3 wheel scooter is set to start production before the end of 2010. We first brought you news and pictures of the HYmotion back in October, 2008. The production of the HYmotion will closely follow behind the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid. The HYmotion uses a similar two front wheel, one rear wheel design but the systems used to power the scooter differ substantially.

    The HYmotion has electric motors powering each of the two front wheels and a 125cc internal combustion engine powering the rear. In the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid only the rear wheel is powered by both the electric motor and gas-powered engine.

    Reports indicate the HYmotion should offer fuel economy in the 117 miles per gallon range. That's not quite as good as the 141 mpg estimate of the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid but the HYmotion incorporates a roof! So it will provide a lot more protection from the elements than any scooter currently on the market.

    The protection that the roof offers from the elements might be just the thing that converts a lot of those people sitting on the fence about a making a two-wheeled purchase because let's face it, it does take some forethought and dedication to ride in inclement weather.

    It's uncertain whether this model will make it to Canada or even the US, or what it will cost (in Europe) but we'll let you know as soon as we find out more.


    Piaggio MP3 Hybrid coming to US in 2010

    Piaggio has launched the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid in Europe and it will be coming to the US in the first quarter of 2010.

    Capable of returning up to 141mpg; it will come with a price tag of $8 or $9,000 USD. The fact that it's coming to the US seems to suggests it will likely come to Canada as well but we've seen no confirming reports yet. Keep your fingers crossed.

    The MP3 is a leaning three-wheeler that features a 124cc gasoline engine and electric power, reportedly giving the MP3 Hybrid the performance of a 250cc scooter. If the phenomenal fuel economy isn't enough to win people over, the extra stability offered by the third wheel means the MP3 Hybrid could be attractive to non-traditional two-wheeled riders (and even some regular two-wheeled riders) looking for a more secure riding experience.

    The battery of the MP3 Hybrid can be recharged through normal operation of riding the scooter and it can also be plugged in to take advantage of charging opportunities.

    In the words of Piaggio "The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid incorporates a “parallel” hybrid drive in which a combustion engine and an electric motor are mechanically and electronically linked and simultaneously supply power to the wheel in perfect synergy."

    It can be operated in three drive modes – Hybrid Charge, Hybrid Power and Electric, switchable on the move via a button on the handlebars.

    Hybrid Power combines the power of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor to maximize performance.

    Hybrid Charge provides a decreased boost effect and will provide acceleration similar to a conventional two-wheel 125. Additional emphasis is placed on battery chargeback.

    Electric-only mode is intended for special zero-emission zones (which have been implemented in some European town centres). In this mode you have a 30km/h top speed and 11 mile range.

    For more details on the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid check out Piaggio's website HERE.


    MotoCzysz E1pc - the digital superbike

    The MotoCzysz E1pc is the American-made creation of Michael Czysz and he refers to the bike as a "D1g1tal Superbike" So, digital superbike... you get the idea.

    What you should know about this machine is that it's all electric and includes upgradable powertrain components, 10 battery packs, and 3 motors. Yes that's impressive and all, but what's really, really impressive is that all that stored electricity can make this bike go from zero to 120 mph in about 7-8 seconds; or about as quick as many 09, 1000cc bikes from the major manufacturers. OK now that's IMPRESSIVE!

    The MotoCzysz E1pc is set to compete in the Isle of Mann TTXGP race, which starts June 12th. This will be a historical motorcycle racing event and one to watch, only it's not airing in Canada to my knowledge. If you want to tune in you can reportedly register at the Isle of Mann website to watch it streaming. Not sure how much that would cost. We'll have to check into that.

    Czysz is even talking about producing the bike for the public in the near future too. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Image courtesy AutoBlogGreen.


    Zero S - an electric motorcycle for the street

    An eagerly anticipated "street" ready model from Zero Motorcycles is charged up and ready to silently embarrass most any stop light racer sports car on the Canadian roads. Silent because it's all electric with all it's torque available from a standstill. 

    PS - Don't race at stop lights. It's not cool. Just know that you can kick some behind if you wanted to.

    Traditional motorcycle riders might find the fact that it's clutchless and a one-speed bike a little odd. No worries though the instant acceleration will have you grinning even though you don't have to work through the gears. 

    The vehicle features a range of 60 miles, a top speed of 60 mph, 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 pound-feet of torque. The batteries charge in just four hours, making it pretty easy to get fully juiced up. Oh yeah, the bike weighs just 225 pounds. Wow!

    The Zero S electric urban street motorcycle is now available for pre-order in the US, and begins shipping in the next month. The Zero Motorcycles S is $9,950 USD (before tax breaks) vehicle features a range of 60 miles in ideal conditions.  Ride it hard, and you'll get less.  Better bring a extension cord with you to work!

    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. It's also said to offer an "industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability."

    It seems to have the same battery pack as the Zero electric dirt bike, which if it does, the battery pack is fully modular so when the technology becomes even more advanced you'll be able to swap the battery right out. The lifespan of the battery is said to be in the 5-6 year range. One nice feature is that the battery has no memory so even if you ride it just a little you can charge it up right away - no running the battery down. No need to have a special plug either - it plugs into a standard outlet.

    No word on availability in Canada yet but we'll keep you posted.

    For more details on the Zero S, check out the website of Zero Motorcycles.

    To see the Zero in action check out the YouTube video of the Zero S on the track:


    Buy a Brammo at Best Buy

    We told you back in 2008 about the Brammo electric motorcycle. They had gotten a big investment of $10 million and one of the investors was the electronic store - Best Buy. There was some speculation that you might be able to eventually buy the Enertia at the electronic giant's retail stores. Well, turns out the speculation was true.

    It'll only be in the US though, starting in May at five Best Buy stores on the West Coast. The Geek Squad gets to do some of the basic repairs in-store. You might even be able to buy some accessories for the Brammo at the store too.

    It might seem unusual to go to the local Best Buy to go motorcycle shopping but the stores see tons of electronic buyers. A popular Best Buy on the West Coast can have millions of shopper visits per year. In other words, more visitors may pass through that one store than every motorcycle dealership in the US - combined!

    The Best Buy hookup could be the key to success for Brammo and their Enertia electric motorcycle. It will be interesting to see what happens when May rolls around. The bike isn't cheap but lovers of electronics are accustomed to paying top dollar for cutting edge technology and to be the first one to have something. Grammo no doubt hopes this enthusiasm spreads to their slightly more upscale gadget.

    The Enertia features an 18 kW, 24 hp @4500 rpm, weighs in at 280lbs, and has a seat height of 33 inches. It was no clutch and a single speed direct chain drive. MSRP will be $11,995 USD.

    According to the Brammo website:

    "The Enertia motorcycle is an urban commuter bike that exceeds 50 mph and 40 miles on a single 3-hour charge. At roughly $.32 a fill-up and under one-cent a mile – it is positioned to be the compelling green alternative for the new urban consumer.

    With a low moment of inertia and agressive rake angle, this motorcycle handles like a dream and has an affinity for changing direction. Couple that with the smooth, efficient power delivery from the electric drivetrain, and you've got a recipe for excitement. With 100% of it’s torque available from 0 rpm, the Enertia is certainly no slouch off the line. At it’s quickest setting, the Enertia will sprint from 0 to 30 mph in 3.8 seconds!"

    Another bit of interesting history behind the Brammo Enertia is its CEO and founder Craig Bramscher. Bramscher made his fortune with a tech start up called Dream Media, then started pursuing some other passions. Heard of the Ariel Atom - the four wheeled supercar? The one that does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds? He's the guy that brought it to the masses. He obtained a licence to manufacture the Ariel Atom and gained notoriety from many noted speed junkies - Jay Leno for one.

    After the huge success of that machine Bramscher turned his attention to electric powered machines and felt that a motorcycle was the best choice of vehicle. Enter the Brammo Enertia. He wants it to be bigger than Ducati.  A lofty goal - even for somebody with Bramscher's history of success.

    For more information about the Brammo Enertia, check out Brammo's website here.