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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....



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Introducing Zero Motorcycles 2016 Product Line

Zero Motorcycles have introduced their 2016 line of electric motorcycles with two new models, longer range, up to three times faster charging and even higher performance from our signature Z-Force® powertrain.
Introducing the ZERO FXS
Transform your local roads into a playground or your commute into an amusement park ride. We’ve taken the concept of supermoto and amped it up in the form of the new Zero FXS.
 
Introducing the Zero FXS


Meet the Zero DSR
 
MEET THE ZERO DSR
For the dual sport rider demanding more, Zero has added more torque, more power and more speed to the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle.




LONGER RANGE.
HIGHER PERFORMANCE.
More efficient, higher capacity battery systems deliver up to 317 km city range and 158 km on the highway. Power is delivered by an all-new Z-Force® motor that sustains higher top speeds on select models.
 
Longer Range

New Charge Tank Accessory
 
NEW CHARGE TANK ACCESSORY
Three times faster charging opens up a world of new riding possibilities by leveraging the rapidly expanding network of public Level 2 charging stations. Available in spring 2016, the Charge Tank is compatible with new Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR models.


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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.

Schedule a demo link


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.

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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.

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

CERES POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTS ZERO MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE OF CHOICE

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 www.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet. 

 

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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.

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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.


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ZERO MOTORCYCLES WINS eSUPERSTOCK PRODUCTION AWARD


ZERO MOTORCYCLES WINS eSUPERSTOCK PRODUCTION AWARD AT 2013 LAGUNA SECA MOTOGP 

-- 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 BE-EV.com, 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 SBKtraining.com, 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 www.zeromotorcycles.com.


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ZERO MOTORCYCLES AND HOLLYWOOD ELECTRICS SET RECORDS AT 2013 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

-- 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 BE-EV.com 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 Motorcycle.com 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 www.zeromotorcycles.com.

 


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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.



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ZERO MOTORCYCLES’ S MODEL VOTED “EUROPEAN E-MOTORBIKE OF THE YEAR 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 Motos.net, the leading motorcycle consumer website in Spain, with 533,469 people taking part.


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ZERO MOTORCYCLES ANNOUNCES All-NEW 2013 ZERO MMX MILITARY MOTORCYCLE

-- 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.



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ZERO MOTORCYCLES MOVES HEADQUARTERS TO NEW LOCATION TO MEET GROWING GLOBAL DEMAND

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.

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ZERO MOTORCYCLES AND HOLLYWOOD ELECTRICS TO COMPETE IN THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

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 BE-EV.com, 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.


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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.

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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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zero-motorcycles/id596423381?ls=1&mt=8

Android Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ZeroMotorcycles

User Guide: www.zeromotorcycles.com/app/help/ios/

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 www.youtube.com/zeromotorcycles.




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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!





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Zero Motorcycles launches new website

Zero Motorcycles has launched a brand new website as its 2013 lineup arrives in dealerships. The premium site delivers a host of great information on Zero’s cutting-edge technology and includes an abundance of high-end new multimedia. Whether interested to learn more about electric powertrain technology, a fan of the brand or simply intrigued to watch Zero Motorcycles customer videos, the site will capture viewers attention and is guaranteed to entertain.


Among the new videos are the first ever taken of the new 2013 electric motorcycle lineup in action, and in case viewers would like to actually hear the unique sound of the motorcycles, the videos are available with or without music. In a separate “customer video” gallery viewers can watch customers ride and speak about their personal experiences of owning their Zero. Some videos even feature models from as early as 2008. In addition, the site contains a wide variety of beautiful photography.

“Much like our new 2013 model line, Zero Motorcycles’ new website offers consumers a high-end experience that serves up great content through a clean and minimalist design,” said Chris Heimbuck, Director of Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We invite everyone to visit us online to learn more about the 2013 motorcycles, enjoy all the new photos and videos and schedule a demo ride on a new 2013 Zero with their nearest dealer.”

As Zero now has dealers around the world, the new site offers local versions with regional pricing, languages and information for eight countries. The website includes newly released detailed specifications for each model, as well as an abundance of information on what it really means to ride an electric motorcycle. The aptly named ”going electric” section of the site is derived from Zero’s popular brochure that carries the same name. It presents the economics of ownership, advantages of electric and introduces the “four factors” that impact range.

For consumers ready to take the next step, the site encourages interested riders to schedule a demo or even request a price quote from their local dealer. Many of the first models hitting dealerships will be quickly snapped up or are already slated to go to those who have pre-ordered. North American shipments began in January, while Europe will be receiving the new lineup in February. Zero Motorcycles’ new website can be found at www.zeromotorcycles.com.


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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 www.zeromotorcycles.com.

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 www.youtube.com/zeromotorcycles.


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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.


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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, Facebook.com/Life off the Grid.

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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.


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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)





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All-Electric Zero Motorcycles sets two new land speed records


ALL-ELECTRIC ZERO MOTORCYCLES SETS TWO NEW LAND SPEED RECORDS AT 2012 BONNEVILLE SHOOTOUT

-- 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.

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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.



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Demo a Zero motorcycle and get a chance to win one


Visit your nearest Zero motorcycle dealer, enjoy a demo ride on any 2012 model and you could win your own Zero when the contest wraps up at the end of October.

During the last year Zero Motorcycles has been adding new dealerships all over Canada. To celebrate these new and existing locations, and add an additional element of fun to every demo ride, each participating dealer will be giving away one Zero to their contest winner.

If you ride a 2012 Zero and have your eyes set on purchasing a particular model, you can choose between "First 40,000 KM of Electricity on Us"or promotional financing.

SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE OFFERED
 2011 Zero Motorcycle - Models may vary
. Prizes may vary by model among participating dealers. All prizes will have approximately the same retail value. Actual prizes will be on display at participating dealerships.


More information and the full contest details are HERE






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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.”


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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.

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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.


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Zero Motorcycles partners with action sports “icon” etnies


Zero Motorcycles has announced it has developed a new partnership with action sports footwear and apparel company, etnies. Known widely as the technology pioneer behind today’s modern action sports footwear, etnies branded the 2012 Zero X with its logo package and the bike has been traveling with etnies on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship circuit. The 2012 Zero X is featured in the etnies tent at all 12 races and used by the etnies team in and around the pits and track. The next race of the Championship is the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Penn., on June 9, 2012.

"This is an incredible partnership for Zero Motorcycles. etnies is forward thinking, innovative and their global conservation initiatives align with Zero’s. Our motorcycle will be traveling the entire 12-city Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour and will be showcased by etnies in their onsite booth. The Zero X will serve as a great pit bike and allow etnies team members to quickly get around trackside with no noise,” said Scot Harden, vice president of marketing, Zero Motorcycles.

The etnies 2012 Zero X will be displayed in the etnies Booth at all stops of the series for fans to see firsthand, along with the chance to purchase the etnies gear worn by etnies pros. When it’s not in the booth, the 2012 Zero X will be seen tearing across the track and pits, quickly transporting the etnies staff and team riders.

etnies was immediately on board when Zero Motorcycles came to us about this partnership,” said Mike Regan, etnies global brand director. “As the official footwear sponsor of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, etnies is dedicated to offering the best footwear to fans on-site as well as supporting our riders out on the track. The 2012 Zero X enables our team to get around the track faster than ever and in style.”


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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.


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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.

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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.



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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.



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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.


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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.

EVENT DETAILS

Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

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

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

TICKETS
- $10 in advance at the show website(www.TheRealMotorcycleShow.com)
- $15 at the door

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).

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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:

Strategy
- 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.

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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.

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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.

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Zero donates to foundation serving children

Some US news here but Zero electric is in the giving mood this Christmas season donating a motorcycle to raise money for children facing physical, emotional, and financial challenges.

Full details:

Zero Motorcycles has embraced the holiday spirit and has donated a Zero DS motorcycle to the Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic. Now in its seventh year, the golf tournament is one of the primary fundraisers each year for a host of programs supported by the Forever Young Foundation. Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, the Forever Young Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised from events such as the Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic work to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities otherwise unavailable to these children.

Before the golf tournament participants’ initial shotgun start at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., players were invited to enter a chipping contest. Most did not pass up this opportunity as they were playing for a brand new, all-electric Zero DS motorcycle with a value of more than $10,000. The contest, with a total of 90 participants, resulted in an initial four-way tie. Tournament directors then decided to hold a chipping contest playoff to determine the motorcycle’s winner. Steve Strawbridge, Vice President of Merchandising for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, earned the best score in the playoff and won himself the high-performance motorcycle.

“Zero Motorcycles is very proud to be able to support the efforts of this amazing organization, its staff, its volunteers and its founders,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “Steve Young and Jerry Rice have become celebrity fixtures in the Bay Area and their wholehearted community outreach speaks volumes. As a corporate neighbor and progressive company, we believe we have a responsibility to support worthwhile organizations like the Forever Young Foundation. We are thrilled that our small gift helped raise much needed money that can be used to affect children’s lives in a positive way.”

"It was wonderful to have Zero participate as a generous sponsor of our Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic,” said Sterling Tanner, President of the Forever Young Foundation. “This is a very high-end event with donations ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and so to have Zero give away such a valuable prize was a perfect fit. The motorcycle was a big hit with our guests and it certainly created a lot of excitement when they realized that one of them would be taking it home. We appreciate Zero's commitment to giving back and helping us to bless the lives of Bay Area children."

Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses its efforts on helping children in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa.


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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.


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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.
 
Zero

- 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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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Zero Motorcycles available at Costco?

Just heard it through the grapevine that Costco is offering Zero Motorcycle discounts to members and directing people to select Zero dealerhips in Western Canada.

Wow, my Costco bills are going to be even tougher on the wallet soon!


Looks like it's only in the western provinces at the moment

More details HERE.


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Zero Motorcycles expands dealership presence in Canada

Zero Motorcycles has announced its official expansion north with the launch of its new Canadian dealership program. Zero is naming its first nine dealers in Canada that have signed on to sell Zero’s vast product line-up at the retail level. The addition of traditional motorsports dealers in Canada furthers Zero's strategic efforts to give retail consumers hands-on access to see, feel and test ride all five models in Zero's 2011 line-up. Zero Motorcycles has selected nine of Canada's top motorsports dealers to carry its entire product line:

- Greater Vancouver Powersports (Surrey, British Columbia)
- All Season Motorsports (Calgary, Alberta)
- Mitchell Cycle (Mitchell, Ontario)
- Electric Motorcycles Windsor (Windsor, Ontario)
- Motorsport Newman (Pierrefonds, Québec)
- Equipements Les Chutes (Shawinigan, Québec)
- L'Ami Denis Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Québec)
- Duncan Motorsports (Duncan, British Columbia)
- Oakville Yamaha (Oakville, Ontario)

“Just as we have recognized the strong consumer demand for the Zero experience in a retail environment in the U.S., we know there are many Canadian enthusiasts who have long been awaiting the opportunity to test ride our products first-hand,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “We are absolutely thrilled to have such strong new partners in Canada and we look forward to helping them succeed.”

On July 12, Zero announced the official launch of its U.S. dealership model. Zero is already seeing the success of its U.S. program with dealers quickly reporting in that bikes have been sold and interest is high. Zero announced eight new American retail locations spanning from California to Michigan. Zero will continue adding new powersports dealers in both the U.S. and Canada with numbers expected to reach 50+ by the end of the year. Those interested in buying or learning more about Zero Motorcycles’ new dealership locations can visit Zero’s web site for more details.

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Zero Motorcycles to offer financing

Zero Motorcycles announced new consumer financing options are now available for the entire 2011 Zero Motorcycles line-up. With its newly established and expanding dealership sales network, Zero Motorcycles now offers financing at the retail level, making a Zero purchase quick, easy and affordable. Zero has partnered with netLoan Funding, an online financing lenders aggregator, to allow new customers an affordable way to buy a Zero Motorcycle.

“As part of our transition in becoming a more accessible motorcycle company, Zero is thrilled to now offer consumer financing,” said John Lloyd, VP of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “In addition to working with local dealerships where interested buyers can come and kick the tires, it’s easier than ever before to test ride a Zero and take it home on the same day.”

netLoan Funding allows consumers to have the purchasing power they need with convenient low minimum monthly payments. By bringing together a diverse group of lenders to provide consumers with a wide variety of online financing options, netLoan Funding is assisting interested consumers in becoming Zero Motorcycles owners today. With netLoan, new buyers can take home a Zero X for as little as $136 a month. In addition to a variety of tax incentives available with purchase, Zero Motorcycles are now more available to consumers everywhere.

For more details on financing options, visit your local Zero Motorcycles dealership today. Financing options will vary by state and dealership. Financing options are available on all new 2011 Zero Motorcycles, including the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero XU, Zero MX and Zero X.

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Zero Motorcycles to serve as official ring sponsor 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Zero Motorcycles announced it will be the official ring sponsor of the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony takes place on Friday, Nov.18th during the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Legends & Champions Weekend at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. Induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is the highest award given to a member of the motorcycling community. Zero Motorcycles has taken an active roll over the past year in supporting the greater motorcycle industry at key events and its association with such a prestigious and historical gala, like the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, is truly an honor for the company.

“The Motorcycle Hall of Fame has done a tremendous job elevating the stature and magnitude of the induction ceremony over the past few years. The event in Las Vegas is a first class affair. Any motorcyclist would be proud to attend and judging by the growing turnout each year many are. Zero is honored to have the opportunity to show its support for the Hall of Fame and the legends of the sport who so rightfully will be honored,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing, Zero Motorcycles.

This will be only the second year that inductees have been honored with a ring ceremony and as the official sponsor of the ring ceremony, Zero Motorcycles has made it possible for the Hall of Fame to present exceptional rings to the Class of 2011. The prestigious Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring is a symbol of the significant contributions made by an inductee to the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling. The gold ring, which was created exclusively for the Hall of Fame, bears the institution’s logo featuring the "Glory Days" design and the name of the inductee.

"It's wonderful to see that a company so focused on the future of motorcycling has chosen to honor the individuals who are responsible for our past by supporting the Motorcycle Hall of Fame," said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. "As the sponsor of the Hall of Fame rings for this year's inductees, Zero will be an integral part of an event that has become a must-do on everyone’s motorcycling calendar." 

Class of 2011
 - Former Cycle magazine Managing Editor Phil Schilling
- Parts Unlimited Founder Fred Fox
- Roadracing Champion Doug Polen
- Motorcycle pioneer and builder Norbert Schickel
- Longtime motocross promoter Stu Peters

Hall of Fame Legends
 - Roadracing champion and team owner Kenny Roberts
- Motocross champion and team manager Roger DeCoster.

The gala ceremony, which takes place Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, is the first of three events occurring during the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. Saturday, Nov. 19, features the Dave Mungenast Memorial Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d'Elegance bike show, and the end-of-year AMA Racing Championship Banquet rounds out the celebration on Nov. 20.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.


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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:

ZERO MOTORCYCLES EXPANDS SALES CHANNEL, ADDING TRADITIONAL DEALERSHIP MODEL FOR ENHANCED CONSUMER RETAIL EXPERIENCE

- 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 www.zeromotorcycles.com, 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.

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Zero Motorcycles’ Zero named 2011 “E-Bike of the Year"

 -- Top European Motorcycle Journalists Select the Zero S as Best Electric Motorcycle --

Zero Motorcycles recently announced that their Zero S electric motorcycle received the prestigious “e-Bike of the Year” award at Europe’s Clean Week 2020. During the four-day event, a panel of 13 leading European motorcycle journalists evaluated electric motorcycles from around the world. Ultimately, the Zero S was awarded with top honors and became the first electric motorcycle to win the newly created category title. Dubbed "the ecological heart of European mobility," Clean Week 2020 is an annual gathering that demonstrates advancements in electric and hybrid vehicle technology.

“The team at Zero has worked incredibly hard to develop electric motorcycles that consumers can own today that set the bar in performance, quality and overall riding experience. We are extremely proud to have been recognized as the winner by the Clean Week 2020 journalists,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “This award highlights the innovation and enjoyment that Zero Motorcycles is bringing to owners around the world.”

The second annual Clean Week 2020 was held at Circuit Zolder, where a variety of electric vehicles could be test driven and evaluated by journalists and consumers. At last year's event, the awards focused on automobiles. Recognizing growing public interest in two-wheeled electric vehicles, organizers added electric motorcycle categories to this year’s 2011 event.

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Zero Motorcycles names new Chief Technology Officer

Askenazi to Pioneer Zero’s New Technology While Continuing to Oversee Engineering

Zero Motorcycles today announced that Abe Askenazi has been named its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). After joining Zero Motorcycles in February 2010 as the Vice President of Engineering, Askenazi led his team in the rapid development of Zero’s 2011 product line. A major overhaul from the previous year, over eighty percent of each existing model was re-engineered or otherwise improved, and three new models were added: the Zero XU and street legal versions of the Zero X and Zero MX dirt bikes. Askenazi’s team delivered this entire model line from concept to production in 10 months. Such swift development of a broad, globally available line is a first for the electric motorcycle industry. Having proven his skill in leading what no other electric motorcycle engineering team has yet accomplished, Askenazi becomes an officer at Zero Motorcycles. As CTO, he will pioneer Zero Motorcycles’ technology infrastructure and direct the development of the company’s new powertrain project.

“Abe’s ability to effectively execute on an aggressive product development plan, select the best new technologies and rally his team is remarkable. The result of his work is clearly visible in our 2011 product line that is more robust and better performing than any of its predecessors,” said Karl Wharton, Zero Motorcycles COO. “With Abe taking on the role of CTO we are now even more confident that our future product offerings will continue to evolve and maintain our market leading status.”

On behalf of myself, and my team, we appreciate the recognition that we’ve received. The accomplishments that we’ve made in such a short amount of time have been very rewarding and we look forward to the many accomplishments yet to come,” said Abe Askenazi. “As CTO, I plan to further lead Zero Motorcycles in pushing the boundaries of electric powertrain technology. Our goal is to continue to offer customers the highest performance and value available today.”

About Abe Askenazi:

Askenazi is a passionate engineer and motorcyclist holding both a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley; his Master’s thesis was on “The Dynamics of Motorcycles.” Upon graduating, Askenazi joined Buell Motorcycle Company, where, over the course of 15 years, he rose to the position of Sr. Director of Analysis, Test and Engineering Process, reporting to Erik Buell and actively participating in Harley-Davidson Inc’s Senior Leadership Group. At Buell, Askenazi provided increasing levels of leadership to multi-functional teams in the delivery of twenty six high-performance motorcycle models (including two turn-key road racers) across four different platforms, resulting in the production of over 130,000 vehicles yielding over $1B in sales. Askenazi holds numerous patents for motorcycle components and has published a text-book and multiple articles on both analytical engineering and motorcycle technology.


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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Zero adds to their management team - new COO named


Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry today announced a new addition to its senior leadership team by naming Karl Wharton as Chief Operating Officer. Wharton comes to Zero after more than 20 years of business experience, including over a decade in the motorcycle industry, most of it at Triumph Motorcycles. With Triumph Wharton developed extensive experience in financial management, market development, operations, worldwide distribution and export sales growth. Wharton was part of the team at Triumph moving the business from a primarily domestic UK manufacturer to an internationally established brand with 80 percent of its sales bound for overseas markets. Following his tenure at Triumph, Wharton had a spell at CCM Motorcycles and has held successful executive operational roles with other privately funded companies prior to making the switch to Zero.

“Karl is a proven leader with a strong track record of success and we are proud to have him join the team,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “He understands virtually every aspect of our business, and with his leadership, we are even better equipped to achieve our long-term goals of building a ‘better motorcycle’ and a strong company. I have every confidence in Karl and look forward to his help in achieving our vision and developing the electric motorcycle market.”

Wharton’s new role of COO will focus on Zero’s overall operations and day-to-day execution. “This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic team & help lead a new and innovative company to higher levels of performance and success,” said Wharton. “My goal is to ensure that Zero Motorcycles continues to grow and to 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.”

Banman added, “Karl’s addition builds on the extensive recruitment of executive staff over the past year at Zero Motorcycles which includes the addition of Abe Askenazi, from Buell in engineering; Scot Harden from KTM and Husqvarna in marketing; and Steve Salyer in manufacturing. We have consciously sought out senior executives with industry experience to add to our already strong senior management team and together we have the experience and passion to continue as the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry.”

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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.”

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Zero announces 2011 product line with significant upgrades

Here's a press release from the folks at Zero. There's a lot of US specific information in there but a lot that's relevant to a Canadian audience too.

Canadian Content Update: The 2011 motorcycles will only be available mid-March and Canadian Distributor National Motorsports will not be exhibiting the 2011 models at the Montreal Motorcycle Show. Please note that the Canadian pricing is equivalent to vehicle pricing from the U.S.


Zero Motorcycles today announced its highly anticipated 2011 product line alongside a strategy for continued leadership of the global electric motorcycle industry. The only company to offer a complete lineup, Zero Motorcycles has made sweeping technical improvements as well as added a contemporary new look to each of its four 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 to provide owners with more aftermarket options. 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.

“During the past year, our Engineering and Manufacturing teams have benefitted from experienced new leadership and the results are clear. In close coordination, they have been working overtime to design and build the world’s finest collection of electric motorcycles,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles.

“Our 2011 model line is composed of exceptionally high quality electric motorcycles that balance performance, range, weight, affordability and availability. We are excited to announce such major changes across the entire model line and to also be setting new industry standards in the way we report on our motorcycles’ performance specifications.”

Nearly every component of the Zero S and Zero DS has seen major upgrades and improvements. With a bold and completely new look, the street and dual sport models will become the world’s first production electric motorcycles to feature a maintenance free belt drive system. The quiet operation of the drivetrain, when combined with each of the motorcycles’ overall improvements, yields a sophisticated silence during riding that speaks to their overall solid build quality. Zero has also increased the capacity of the power packs by 12.5% to improve the motorcycles’ range. Among the other upgrades are more robust wheels, a new HB Performance braking system, tires with better grip, more robust hardware, new aggressive profile foot pegs and an integrated ignition switch and lock. Unique to the Zero S, it has been lowered by two inches to improve street handling and the new overall package gives it an eye-catching naked look.

Zero Motorcycles has also made major changes to its off-road line. For the first time, the company will deliver street-legal configurations of both its trail and motocross dirt bikes, Zero X and Zero MX respectively. The ability to legally ride the electric off-road motorcycles on the street opens countless new possibilities for enthusiasts as well as a new market for Zero. Street-legal versions include additional components such as headlights, taillights, side stands, dashes, sensors and different gearing.

Both the Zero X and Zero MX are better performing and more robust than ever before. They have stouter wheels, new tires, a more robust HB Performance braking system, new aggressive foot pegs and an integrated ignition switch and lock. Their motors are energized using a beautifully refined aluminum power pack that is highly durable and easy to swap in less than sixty seconds. To maximize control, Zero has customized each motorcycles’ suspension internals to give them a more fluid and compliant motion under rough conditions. Unique to only the Zero MX, the 2011 model uses a motor mounted Z-Force Air Induction System to cool its new and more powerful Agni motor. Designed to ride harder, faster and longer, it represents the most competitive dirt bike that Zero has released to consumers.

The Zero S, Zero DS, Zero X and Zero MX are all available now through Zero Motorcycles’ website and will begin shipping in March. Each of the models carries a two year limited warranty. This is currently the best warranty offering in the electric motorcycle industry and is backed by an international service and support network. Zero operates on a strategy of building a ‘better motorcycle’ wherein each model balances performance, range, weight, affordability and availability. To consumers this translates into owning a high quality motorcycle that is supported by a company with a solid business foundation. 

Zero S – Street

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. It has a range of 43 miles using the newly adopted MIC’s prescribed “Driving Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles,” which is based on the EPA’s UDDS testing, and it has a homologated 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 $9,995 USD . It is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, which effectively reduces the price by $1,000 to a total of $8995. Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero S comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero DS - Dual Sport

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 belt system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

The Zero DS is priced at $10,495. It is eligible for a 10% Federal tax credit, which effectively reduces the price by $1,040 to a total of $9,455. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero DS comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero MX

The Zero MX takes Zero’s revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for 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. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Silent and featuring a more powerful Forced Air Induction Agni motor, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

The Zero MX starts at $9,495. A Federal tax credit can be applied to the street-legal versions of the off-road models if they are purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero MX comes with a two year limited warranty.

Zero X

The Zero X is a performance electric motorcycle that takes technical trail riding to the next level. Using Zero’s patented Z-Force technology, 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 $7,995 USD. A Federal tax credit can be applied to the street-legal versions of the off-road models if they are purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer incentives. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. The Zero X comes with a two year limited warranty.


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Zero announces new distribution partner in Mexico


Dofesa Aventura to Sell, Distribute and Service Across Mexico; Joins Canadian Distributor, National Motorsports, to Complete North American Distribution Channel.

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced further expansion of its sales and distribution operations with the addition of Dofesa Aventura in Mexico. The new Zero S and DS 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 in North America with our neighbors in Mexico to continue the enhancement of Zero’s international reach,” said John Lloyd, VP World Wide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “It has become increasingly important in this market to deliver an unparalleled experience for those who are interested in affordable, high-performance, two-wheeled transportation and, with Dofesa Aventura, we are perfectly poised to support this development and demand.”

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 Mexico and the expansion is being backed with marketing, sales and service through Dofesa Aventura. Interested riders can now schedule demo rides on the highly popular Zero S and DS, and in the coming weeks will be able to test ride additional models as they become available. Zero’s new distribution partner in Mexico is joined by its Canadian network of dealers directed through National Motorsports of Montreal and includes; Ames Motorsports in Edmonton, Motosport Newman in Montrealand All Season Motorsports in Calgary. Now that the North American distributorship network is complete, anyone who is interested in a Zero motorcycle from Canada down to Mexico can use Zero’s dealer locator to schedule a demo ride in their area.

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Zero Motorcycles to double capacity

Zero Motorcycles build new US manufacturing facilities as it ramps up for continued growth in 2011.
- More Space, More Workers and Higher Volumes to Meet Growing Global Demand -

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, has announced plans to open a new motorcycle manufacturing facility that will more than double the company’s current production capacity. Being built alongside Zero Motorcycles’ corporate headquarters in Santa Cruz County, it will provide Zero with a powerful competitive advantage in a fast paced industry. By keeping manufacturing and R&D working shoulder to shoulder, Zero’s strategy is to streamline the inclusion of their latest technology into production before the competition. Falling on the heels of Zero’s recently announced $1.84 million ‘next generation’ powertrain project, the new factory is another sign of the company’s continued growth and momentum. For motorcyclists the result will be more advanced motorcycles that they can actually own and for California this means more ‘green jobs’.

"With this exciting new expansion, we reconfirm our commitment to building the best electric motorcycles in the world as well as creating U.S. based manufacturing jobs”, said Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations for Zero Motorcycles. "Quality Control at the highest levels means personally inspecting each bike as it comes off the assembly line. Moreover, in the spirit of continual improvement and innovation, we believe that having our manufacturing and engineering teams collaborating within the same space gives us both an operational and developmental competitive advantage."
The new facility will bring Zero’s total production space to 34,000 square feet and is supported by a redevelopment grant from the city of Scotts Valley. Rewarded for their innovative technology, Zero will utilize the space to meet an increase in consumer demand and to continue to develop their advanced powertrain technology. As the motorcycles come off the line they will be crated and shipped off to meet Zero’s growing global demand.

"Since the inception of Zero Motorcycles, Santa Cruz County has been our home. With many companies looking outside of the U.S. to develop and build their products, we are proud to say we are continuing our support of our local community," said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. "At the same time, we are responding quickly to an increasing global demand for our motorcycles. This investment positions us ideally for further growth, innovation and development as we move into 2012 and beyond.

Renovations begin in early 2011 with the first production motorcycle expected to roll out by late February 2011. The company plans to add twenty-five employees by mid-2011.


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California law enforcement agency becomes first to use Zero DS

Bad guys on the streets in California have one more thing to worry about - stealth police officers on Zero electrick motorcycles!

Full details below:

The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement. The acquisition serves as a benchmark for evaluating the performance capabilities of the Zero DS in law enforcement situations, such as responding through traffic and on local bike trails. Due to its remarkably quiet all-electric drivetrain, the Zero DS is the perfect motorcycle for patrolling in urban areas where noise may be a factor.

“We are excited to be the first police department in California to receive an electric Zero motorcycle because it will allow our officers to patrol more places, more often,” said Lt. John Hohmann of the Scotts Valley Police Department. “Riding a police motorcycle requires a very special skill set because the officer needs to be alert and keep the public safe, while simultaneously scanning the area for criminal activity. We anticipate that the upright seating position, dual sport configuration and silent operation of the Zero DS is the perfect combination for local patrols and we can’t wait to put it to the test.”

“The city of Scotts Valley and its police department have been very supportive of Zero Motorcycles and we are very pleased that they chose us,” said Jay Friedland, Vice President of Sustainability for Zero Motorcycles. “We hope this opportunity serves as the touchstone for other law enforcement agencies to see the benefits electric motorcycles have when it comes to community patrols and traffic enforcement. The silent operation of the Zero DS allows each officer to hear what’s going on around them, which enhances awareness and safety. Zero DS motorcycles also are a great cost-effective solution for small departments and we are proud to be able to support those who keep our communities safe.”

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 DS has a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) and is 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.


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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

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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.

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Zero gets additional US grant money to support electric powertrain development

Zero Motorcycles awarded additional grant funds to support advanced electric powertrain development program.

$2 Million Program for Next Generation Powertrain Development gets $177,906 Boost!

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, has been awarded its second grant in the state of California to further the development of advanced electric powertrain systems. The most recent award comes from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) where Zero was awarded a $177,906 grant in partnership with the city of Santa Cruz. This new grant adds funding to the $900,000 grant from the California Energy Commission awarded last month. The funds will be used to develop an advanced new electric powertrain for Zero Motorcycles. Additional matching funds from the City of Santa Cruz and others provides Zero with total funding for the project of $2,018,000.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and we are further inspired by their enthusiasm and dedication to our company,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Our intention with this new powertrain development program is to continue advancements in the powersports industry while supporting the local economy and this additional boost brings us much closer to reaching our goals.”

This newest grant will be used in Zero’s research and development program in Santa Cruz, California creating new jobs and economic growth. Zero now has the financial momentum and expertise it needs to develop electric motorcycle powertrains that exceed all current levels of performance, range and efficiency.

"Zero Motorcycles is an exciting company creating sustainable zero emissions electric transportation and we fully support their expansion in Santa Cruz,” said Bonnie Lipscomb, Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the city of Santa Cruz. “We are thankful for the support from MBUAPCD which helps companies like Zero grow while creating local jobs that support a greener environment for all of us – it’s the best kind of public-private partnership.”

David Fairchild, Air Quality/Transportation Planner for MBUAPCD added, “we are happy to support Zero’s innovative approaches to reducing the emissions from transportation.”

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Zero Motorcycles hires some big guns from tech and moto fields

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycleindustry, today announced the appointment of Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations, Richard Kenton, Director of Customer Service and Floyd Goshorn as Director of Developmental Purchasing. The additions mark Zero’s continuing trend of combining leading motorcycle and technology executives to build a new kind of motorcycle company. With seasoned executives in every key management roll, Zero is now in a position for even more aggressive growth through 2011.

“Strong leadership is essential for us to continue as the premier electric motorcycle manufacturer,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Steve, Richard and Floyd all have vast experience that perfectly coincide with our goals to build fun and affordable electric motorcycles. Their decision to join Zero Motorcycles in addition to our recent appointment is a clear endorsement that our vision and capabilities will set us above the competition.”

As a supply chain and electrical engineering veteran who’s professional experience coincides with his passion for restoring and riding vintage motorcycles, Steve Salyer brings several years of executive management and engineering experience to his new role at Zero Motorcycles. While previously serving as President of Oxford Instruments, Salyer designed and built the company’s newest factory, tripling its capacity and doubling sales in three years. Salyer also authored Oxford Instrument’s quality manual including all protocols and managed the successful implementation of their ISO 9001 certification. During his tenure at Oxford Instruments, Salyer took on the role of ERP administrator while developing the sales, planning and manufacturing process flow. He also designed their NPI process, which is consistent with IFRS requirements, including their master plan, and GDPM. In addition to his many management accomplishments, Salyer holds numerous patents in the X-ray and vacuum tube technology sectors.

Kenton joins Zero Motorcycles with more than 12 years experience in the motorcycle and automotive industries. He has served in both customer service and after sales positions for BMW Motorrad, BMW North America, BMW Canada, Rolls-Royce, MINI and most recently as After Sales Director for Husqvarna Motorcycles. As a lifelong rider, racer, and enthusiast for all things two-wheels, Kenton raced in several specialized championships including the BMW Boxer Cup, Honda Hornet Cup, and the inaugural Husqvarna Supermoto Cup. Kenton has also traversed the east coast of Australia, Ecuador, Asia and many European and North American countries on dual sport motorcycles. He brings a level of passion and adventurous zeal that mirrors his world-class customer service experience to Zero Motorcycles and works to ensure all Zero customer’s needs are handled expeditiously and professionally.


Goshorn comes to Zero Motorcycles with more than 16 years of experience in motorcycle industry purchasing. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry, including Harley-Davidson, Buell Motorcycle Company, Milsco Manufacturing (maker of motorcycle seats) and most recently as a manufacturer’s representative for GSK Group (Taiwan) and Kaiping Gada (China) which manufacturer a variety of motorcycle components.

During his time at Buell, Goshorn advanced to a Purchasing Engineer Lead. In this lead position, Goshorn was responsible for the successful integration of supplier components into new vehicle systems, planning and delivery of new products to market, managing quality, cost and timing targets; and engaging suppliers to share and integrate new technology and ideas. In his new role at Zero, Goshorn will be mainly responsible for supplier identification, selection, and development while setting quality, cost and time targets for individual components and ensuring targets are met.

Salyer, Kenton, and Goshorn round out Zero’s current bevy of industry talent which includes John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales, Jay Freidland, VP of Sustainability, Abe Askenazi, VP of Engineering and Edwin Belonje, European Managing Director.

"2010 has been an exceptional year for us,” Banman added. “With four unique electric motorcycles, impressive global activity and world-class talent acquisitions, we have the perfect team in place to make tremendous strides in electric motorcycle technology and we look forward to what 2011 will bring while continuing to raise the bar in the industry.”

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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: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca or call (519) 348-0490

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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: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca


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ZERO motorcycles expands Canadian operations - Ride a Zero

Zero Motorcycles today (July 14, 2010) announced the expansion of its Canadian sales and marketing operations with the addition of National Motorsports. 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 to demo the entire 2010 motorcycle line.

“The expansion of our operations in Canada allows motorcyclists 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 Canada due to the tremendous response we’ve received from the local motorcycle community and are proud to have the opportunity to share the experience, innovation and performance of Zero Motorcycles.
 
'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: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca
 

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Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee present Zero Motorcycles Demo Day

Sunday June 6th from 10:00am to 4:00pm you're invited to join Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee for a unique demo ride on a ZERO Electric motorcycle.



“Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how we design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, we’re 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. The result is an electric motorcycle line that’s insanely fast, and environmentally friendly.

“Built for both experienced and entry-level riders our premium motorcycle line offers blistering acceleration and speed with optional settings for the less aggressive. What separates us from our competition is performance, quality and reliability of each bike.”

Check out these AMAZING Bikes at www.zeromotorcycles.com
.
 Duncan Motorsports is the exclusive  Zero Electric Motorcycle Dealer on Vancouver Island! 

For more information check out “Events” at www.duncanmotorsports.ca or www.facebook.com under the group Zero Motorcycles Demo Day  Vancouver Island.

*All rides are weather permitting.  Please bring your valid Class 6 motorcycle licence.

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Zero's new motorcycles to debut at Toronto International Motorcycle Show

"Zero noise, zero vibration, zero spark plugs, zero gas, zero oil changes, zero filters and ZERO emissions!"

The unveiling of the new 2010 Zero Electric Motorcycles will take place at the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show at the International Centre on April 10 and 11th, 2010.

Zero Motorcycles was founded by former NASA scientist Neal Saiki and is headquartered in the Silicon Valley area in Santa Cruz. Recently unveiled in California, the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show will be the first time the 2010 Zero's have been shown in Canada and Canadian representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The Canadian presentation of the 2010 Zero Motorcycle line can be seen in Hall 1 at the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show. The show takes place April 10, 11, at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga.


2010 Zero SuperMoto Street



2010 Zero Dual Sport


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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.

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Zero Motorcycles Showcases the 2009 ZERO MX and Zero S at the 2009 Toronto Motorcycle Show

Hope you're going to the Toronto Motorcycle show because Zero Motorcycles will be displaying the all-electric Zero MX motocross dirt bike and the Zero S street legal motorcycle there (Booth #3064) this December 11-13, 2009.

Zero MX
The Zero MX is designed for taking jumps on the track by using a new high performance motorcycle suspension system. It includes a beefier front end and a newly developed custom rear shock that gives riders a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The Zero MX has also been fitted with an aggressive 19” front wheel and tire package that will accommodate any motocross tire.

Zero S
Developed to aggressively take on urban environments, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show is one of seven Canadian motorcycle and ATV shows owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ official launch of its cross-Canada tour where the leading manufacturers and distributors offer the riding community a first glimpse of the 2010 models.

Tickets for the show are $16 for adults; $10 for juniors ages 6 to 15 and children under 6 are admitted free. Family passes can be purchased for two adults and two juniors for $38.

WHEN: December 11-13, 2009
Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm


WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building- Beside the CN Tower
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario

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Zero Motorcycles to Field its First Street Racing Team in 2010

It looks like Zero electric motorcycles is set to go racing. Zero Motorcycles is going to be competing in the 2010 TTXGP Electric Motorcycle championships

Press Release:

Zero Motorcycles announced today (December 1st/09) the creation of its first street racing team and its plans to enter the upcoming 2010 TTXGP electric motorcycle series. Zero has indicated that its race-ready motorcycle will be using the same Z-Force powertrain technology that is currently used in its production electric motorcycles. Few additional details have been released on the development of Zero’s race bike, but it has been hinted that many of the design cues will come from the production Zero S street motorcycle.

TTXGP is the world’s first zero carbon and zero emissions motorcycle race series. The inaugural TTXGP race took place on the historic Isle of Man TT course in June 2009 and will return again in June 2010 with the addition of a new race class. The first TTXGP race in the 2010 season will be the TTXGP North America Championships at Infineon in Sonoma, California on May 14 - 16.

“Electric motorcycles are powerful, exciting and available now. There is no race that highlights electric motorcycle technology more than the TTXGP and we are excited to support their efforts with our own racing team,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “We have identified a series of strategic partners for this program and will be making announcements shortly about their involvement.”

Zero Motorcycles is not a stranger to competitive racing. Recently, Zero Motorcycles took first place in a sanctioned motocross race (finishing third overall in points for the series), in France hosted by the French Federation of Motorcycles. The Zero MX beat out more than 200 450cc gas motorcycles in fierce competition.
Zero’s Z-Force technology includes its patent pending Z-Force power pack which is capable of delivering a tremendous amount of energy from a highly compact and lightweight system. It also includes a newly announced Z-Force Air Induction system that allows Zero to fully leverage their power pack’s capabilities by dispersing excess motor heat. This development also paves the way for Zero to increase performance in upcoming models.

“We’ve spent four years developing the Z-Force electric power train technology for high performance dirt and street riding. We’re excited to take it to the track and compete. We expect to gain valuable information through the competition of our motorcycles and plan to apply that knowledge to the development of future products,” added Neal Saiki, Zero Motorcycles Founder and CTO.


Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology. The result is an electric motorcycle line that’s insanely fast and environmentally friendly.

You can find out more about Zero Motorcycles’ entire family of products at http://www.zeromotorcycles.com

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Zero wins first official electric off-road race in France

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (October 29, 2009) – Zero Motorcycles today announced its win at the Electric Motorcycle Challenge, organized by the French Federation of Motorcycles in Gironville, France. Over 250 riders competed in the race, with one Zero MX and four other electric motorcycles participating. Thomas Aubry, riding on behalf of Zero Motorcycles, proved the Zero MX has what it takes to not only beat out the other electric motorcycles, but to compete against the best gas powered riders in the race. After Aubry and the Zero MX beat the other electric competitors, he went on to take first place against gas motorcycles in the last race of his series, placing him third overall in his class.

“This was quite an event! We didn’t even know about it until two weeks prior so we really pushed to get our team in order and race ready. This was our first appearance in a European competition like this and the Zero MX out-performed all other bikes in our category,” says Edwin Belonje, Director of European Sales & Marketing, Zero Motorcycles. “We are excited to capture this win and are looking forward to taking on even more competitors as the development of electric motorcycles continues to evolve.”

Zero Motorcycles designed the Zero MX specifically for track riding and motocross, using a high-performance suspension system. The Zero MX includes a beefy front-end and a newly developed custom rear shock that gives riders a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The Zero MX has also been fitted with an aggressive 19” front wheel and tire package that will accommodate any motocross tire. It is lightweight, low-maintenance and silent, which opens up local track riding possibilities by eliminating the loud noise associated with a traditional gas dirt bike.

The Zero MX is available for purchase exclusively through the Zero Motorcycles website and is priced at $8,250 (USD). For more information on the Zero MX check out their website HERE.

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Test ride a Zero electric motorcycle (dealers and media)

Zero Motorcycles is hosting a Demo Day in Mirabel, QC on Saturday Oct 31st at Xtown. Unfortunately for the general population this one is said to be for media types and dealers.

If you're among this group you should get in contact with Stephen Bieda (Director of Sales & Mktg - Canada for Zero Motorcycles) pronto to reserve a spot.

Send us some pictures if you go!

Press Release
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The electric motorcycle age is upon us and here to stay. Come see for yourself if the claims that are running rampant on the blogs around the world about Zero Motorcycles is fact or fiction.

Are you interested in testing the Zero X and/or MX on one of the finest indoor motocross facilities in Canada (Xtown.ca)?

Address: 16250 Rang St-Dominique, Mirabel, QC
Media & Dealer Demo Time: 9:15 am - 10:15 am

We will also have pair of the 455 MPG equivalent Zero S Supermoto pre-production bikes updated to near production specs to drive outdoors.

Please bring your riding gear.

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Zero Motorcycles Announces New Fleet Sales Program: Large Volume Sales Now Available

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (October 26, 2009) –Zero Motorcycles announced today the launch of its fleet sales program. This program will provide the opportunity for corporate, non-profit, government and small business buyers to get professional sales support for multi-unit purchases to meet their motorcycle fleet requirements from Zero Motorcycles. Following its success in the consumer market, this program will mark the first time large volume purchases of Zero Motorcycles’ entire line of products will be available to businesses and organizations for fleet and rental purposes. The fleet program will begin November 2, 2009 and pricing will be based on volume and support requirements.

“The fleet sales program will not only expand the availability of Zero Motorcycles’ products beyond the consumer market, but it will also allow for groups to use Zero electric motorcycles for functions ranging from basic recreation to government security,” said John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales of Zero Motorcycles. “People in all industries will be able to experience the versatility of electric motorcycles and the reduction of fleet maintenance costs while supporting green initiatives.”

Zero Motorcycles’ fleet program is designed to propel businesses and organizations into the next generation of transportation technology while recognizing the importance of environmentally friendly practices. While clearly different from standard motorcycle fleets, Zero’s all-electric motorcycles require less upkeep, reducing maintenance costs and allowing for more consistent operation. A Zero Motorcycles fleet also comes with powerful marketing and PR resources to help get coverage on the addition of green vehicles to the customer’s fleet.

(2009 Zero DS)

Already well-known within the motorcycle community for its innovative technology and high performance, the fleet sales program proves that there are far more uses for our Zero Motorcycles’ product line than just street, track and off-road riding. Law enforcement agencies will benefit from the low noise level to better facilitate communications while riding, and zero emissions allows safe patrolling in public gatherings. Government agencies like the US Forest Service can appreciate the environmentally responsible technology behind the bike and the little disturbance caused for both campers and animals alike. Track owners and tour operators can benefit from a fleet as another revenue generator by renting them out to amateur riders or tourists looking to explore local areas. The adaptability of each product to its respective environment and the reliability of its engineering and performance make it an advantageous addition to any fleet.

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Zero Expands to Asian Market - Teams with AMPLE

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (October 22, 2009) – Zero Motorcycles announced today its partnership with AMPLE World to expand the Zero Motorcycles brand throughout Asia. Following the popularity and sales success of Zero Motorcycles in North America and Europe, Zero Motorcycles will now be sold in Singapore and greater Asia with the addition of AMPLE as the official distributor for consumer and fleet sales.

“Zero Motorcycles and AMPLE share a common goal of expanding the electric vehicle movement globally,” says John Lloyd, VP of World Wide Sales of Zero Motorcycles. “With AMPLE’s marketing and distribution efforts, consumers in Asia will now have the opportunity to test ride and buy the high-performance Zero Motorcycles product line locally.”

Zero Motorcycles is powering into the world of electric vehicles with their fleet of fully electric, zero emissions motorcycles. Each motorcycle runs off of a Z-Force technology power pack consisting of high performance, light weight lithium ion cells. Zero Motorcycles is the leading manufacturer of all-electric motorcycles and is paving the way for energy independence in the personal transportation market.

AMPLE is a global marketing and distribution leader in providing a full suite of products and services geared towards the electric vehicle market. It is the only international company whose mission is to bring together the world’s best electric technology partners, institutions and governmental bodies with the goal of ensuring a global reduction in emissions. AMPLE accomplishes this by leveraging its industry knowledge of electric vehicles by partnering with companies that are firmly committed to developing a sustainable, electric vehicle market segment.

For more information on AMPLE, visit www.ampleworld.com.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.

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Zero passes national EPA certification and meets Canadian safety standards

– Zero’s All-Electric Motorcycle Achieves Equivalent of 455 MPG –

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (October 8, 2009) – Zero Motorcycles today announced that it is the first and only electric motorcycle company to achieve three major milestones. They have passed both the US and Canadian safety standards and attained a ‘Certificate of Conformity’ from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a result, buyers of the Zero S and Zero DS can now benefit from major government incentives. They can also feel confident in the motorcycles’ superior engineering and environmental benefits. Under the proposed EPA regulations issued on Sept 15, 2009, the Zero S and DS achieve an equivalent of 455 MPG and generate zero grams of CO2 per mile.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first electric motorcycle company to have completed these rigorous testing programs,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Passing these tests allows our customers to save money while also giving them confidence in the design and safety of our motorcycles.”

The Zero S is a fully electric motorcycle that is built from the ground up around its revolutionary drivetrain technology. It is a street legal supermoto motorcycle that is designed for urban riding. The Zero DS is the dual sport version of the Zero S and can be ridden on anything from city streets to dirt trails. While performance usually comes at an environmental cost, the Zero S and DS are enticing to even the most environmentally conscious consumers. The motorcycles are not only zero emissions vehicles; they are also completely non-toxic and almost 100% recyclable. This unique combination of performance and low overall environmental impact sets a new high standard in the industry.

Completion of the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) along with the US EPA Certificate of Conformity means that the Zero S and DS meet all the requirements for newly created Federal tax credits on street legal electric motorcycles. It allows buyers to receive the 10% Federal tax credit and the state sales tax credit established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The fully homologated and government certified Zero S and DS are available for purchase exclusively through Zero Motorcycles’ website. They are priced at $9,950 and for US customers this means a post Federal tax credit price of $8,955.

Zero Motorcycles first entered the motorcycle industry in 2006 with the fully electric Drift. In 2008 it launched the Zero X, which exceeded all expectations by selling out before the year’s end. Its success blazed the path for the long awaited launch of the street legal Zero S in 2009. Earlier this summer Zero Motorcycles announced the Zero MX and the Zero DS. The Zero MX is made specifically for dirt track riding and motocross. The Zero DS, a dual sport, is their most recent model and can be ridden on any surface from a city street to a gravel road or dirt trail.

For more information about Zero check out their website HERE.

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Early production model Zero S (Supermoto) stolen

An early production model Zero S supermoto electric motorcycle was stolen on Sunday. I'm curious if the thieves knew just what they were taking. I'd have to guess it's going to be tough to get any service done on this machine!

Here's the details:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 20 an early production model of the all-electric Zero S supermoto by Zero Motorcycles was stolen from a hotel parking structure in New Jersey. This particular motorcycle was custom wrapped with the logo for the documentary “FUEL” and was on tour promoting the film with The Veggie Van Organization. After traveling across the country to promote the use of alternative energy vehicles, the Zero S was removed from the back of the Veggie Van and has yet to be found.

If you have any information, please contact Zero at (951) 461-2420 or at media@zeromotorcycles.com.


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Zero heading to Canadian PHEV'09 Conference

Stephen Bieda, Director of Sales - Canada for Zero Motorcycles is going to be in attendance at the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles conference and trade show is being held in Montreal from September 28th to 30th.

Doesn't look like he's presenting based on the schedule for the day. Too bad... Might have been pretty fun for some of the attendees to hop on a Zero and do a few loops around the conference to shake the dust off. No offense to some of the presenters but some of those topic seem like real snoozers!

Over 90 speakers from Canada, USA, Europe and Asia are expected at the event. So it does look like the place to be if you're interested in electric vehicles and the technology of electric vehicles... like really, really interested.

If you're really, really interested you might want to check out the event website - HERE.

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Zero Motorcycles joins star studded team in National alternative energy education program

We got some interesting news from Zero Motorcycles about a nationawide alternative energy education program. It's US based because well, that's where Zero calls home. Still, we've got some Zero's up North and the number of dealerships are expandings so we figured you might like to hear about it too.

Press Release:

Zero Motorcycles today announced their partnership with the star-studded team behind the award-winning documentary “FUEL.” In conjunction with the documentary’s national opening in select cities on September 18th, the team behind “FUEL” created The Veggie Van Organization, a not-for-profit group that aims to facilitate the transition from fossil fuel use to a new green economy using sustainable energy. The Veggie Van Organization will be setting out on a cross-country excursion to promote “FUEL” and educate students of all ages about alternative fuels. Zero Motorcycles is supporting their efforts by contributing a high performance Zero S electric motorcycle to the motorcade. Beginning this week, the entire Veggie Van crew will embark on the 13-city nationwide tour, visiting college campuses and events to promote energy independence.

“Zero Motorcycles is honored to be a part of such a widespread and genuine effort to educate the nation on alternative energy, “ says Gene Banman, CEO, Zero Motorcycles. “As a leader in the electric vehicle industry we are excited to contribute a Zero S motorcycle that shows green can also be high performance.”

Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

The Veggie Van Organization was founded by filmmaker and environmental activist Josh Tickell following the creation of his documentary film “FUEL,” a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary. The film chronicles Tickell’s 1998 journey across America in a biodiesel powered “Veggie Van” interviewing politicians, historians, professors and activist celebrities and getting their varying takes on the pressing environmental issues that the nation faces. Examining the ways in which energy can be obtained and used without compromising peace or freedom, “FUEL” features activists and celebrities such as attorney/environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr., Virgin founder Richard Branson, singer Sheryl Crow and actress Julia Roberts.

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Demo a Zero motorcycle!

As of the end of June, Zero motorcycles (maker of electric motorcycles) has the following new dealers that have demo units on the floor now or they will very soon:

- Ottawa, ON - Gear Head Canada (www.gearheadcanada.com)
- Duncan, BC - Duncan Motorsports (www.duncanmotorsports.com)
- Surrey, BC - Greater Vancouver Powersports (www.gvps.ca)
- Penticton, BC - Ceder Motorsports
- Pemberton/Whistler, BC - Valley Chainsaw & Recreational Ltd
- Calgary, AB - Bow Cycle (www.bowcycle.com)

Check one out, then let us know about it!

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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:


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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.



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ZERO Motorcycles Canada Supports Electric Vehicle Incentive Plans

Ottawa, ON (July 16, 2009) -- Zero Motorcycles Canada, from its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, today congratulated Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty for his bold move forward in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in the Province of Ontario.

“The Premier’s announcement today is a tremendous show of support for all of us in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry,” said Stephen Bieda, Zero Motorcycles’ Director of Sales for Canada. “This provides a stimulus and acknowledges new and existing manufacturers as they continue to invest in ground-breaking electric vehicle technology.”

Zero Motorcycles is a world leader in full performance on and off road electric motorcycles. Manufactured in Santa Cruz, California (the Silicon Valley area), with battery cells made in Maple Ridge, BC, Zero Motorcycles has recently established a network of Independent Representatives offering sales and service across Canada. This sales channel stretches from Vancouver Island in the west to Ottawa in the east.

Zero Motorcycles has recently become the first electric motorcycle company to be added to the Transport Canada pre-clearance list and is growing in popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts as well as urban commuters looking to downsize from multiple family cars.

“We are particularly pleased with the Government’s plans to open up parking spaces and high-occupancy vehicle lanes for electric vehicles,” Bieda stated. “ While the current announcement does not make reference to fully electric street motorcycles like the 2009 Zero S Supermoto, we will be requesting a meeting with officials in the Ontario Government to ensure both current and prospective owners of electric motorcycles will have equal access to the incentives being offered.”

Canadian MSRP for the Zero S Supermoto is $12,530.

Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

Zero Motorcycles first entered the motorcycle industry in 2006 with the all-electric Drift. In 2008 they launched the Zero X which exceeded all expectations by selling out before the year’s end. Its success blazed the path for the long-awaited launch of the Zero S Supermoto motorcycle in April. Earlier this month, Zero Motorcycles announced the latest addition to its electric motorcycle product lineup with the Zero MX, which is made specifically for track riding and motocross.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles please visit our website: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/zeromc.

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Zero Motorcycles launch Zero MX - designed for the track

Zero have just launched the Zero MX - a track use electric motocross bike. "Aggressive track riding requires a motorcycle with an advanced suspension system and a high power-to-weight ratio. The Zero MX delivers both and makes track riding possible in areas that are usually off-limits due to noise restrictions."

From Zero:

The Zero MX takes our revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX uses our newly developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain and give you an edge. Combined with our state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology and ultra-light frame design, the Zero MX is agile and fast where it counts.

By developing a custom suspension system we have made the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power-to-weight ratio. During aggressive riding the advanced suspension system and alloy wheels take the hits while smoothly maintaining control. Intensity combines with silence to open up a new world of riding possibilities.

Check out the video





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Zero X Gets a New Look

Zero Motorcycles have just launched the 2009.5 Zero X. It features custom new bodywork and a more advanced brake system.

The new Zero X, and all other motorcycles in their 2009 line, will now be covered under their new two year limited warranty. They are also offering two new warranty plans for those who want increased coverage or the next big product upgrades.

Details from Zero:

The Zero X electric motorcycle is a full sized high performance machine. Built from the ground up using the ultimate electric motorcycle technology and boasting 50 ft-lbs of torque, this stealthy motorcycle will send you racing up hills, flying over jumps, and splashing through streams. Best part is, you can do it all without disturbing nature or your neighbors.

After years of designing electric motorcycles we’re always looking to ‘one up’ ourselves and it shows in the latest modifications we’ve made to the 2009 Zero X electric motorcycle. It’s faster, stronger, and more durable in the most demanding terrain. We’ve upgraded elements of the drivetrain, frame, suspension and more. Inside and out it’s a better motorcycle. We know that’s great… but the part that really excites us is how much more fun you’ll have getting to the places you couldn’t go before.

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BlogTalkRadio’s Ride! ‘Goes Electric’ with Zero Motorcycles Founder Neal Saiki

Toronto, Canada, May 26, 2009 - Green technology pioneer and CTO of Zero Motorcycles Neal Saiki generated a lot of buzz with his California company’s first electric dirt bike a couple of years ago. The buzz has just kicked into higher gear with the release this month of a new high-performance urban street bike called the Zero S.

Hear Saiki talk about his cutting edge dreams and the trend toward electric-powered bikes on Ride! on May 27, 2009 @ 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Tune in to the live podcast on the BlogTalkRadio network here. (Listen to, or download, the archived podcast later the same day.)

An aeronautical engineer by training, Saiki set a World Aviation Record while still in college by creating the first successful human-powered helicopter. The inventor later worked as a project manager at NASA developing high altitude research vehicles.

Saiki spent years designing mountain bikes that have won world and national awards before setting out to develop the ultimate electric-powered motorcycles. The Zero S is designed to deliver 100 km of distance with a top speed of 100 kph (60 mph). It can go 0-to-100 kph in just 5 seconds and weighs only 102 kg (225 lbs).

For more information:
www.zeromotorcycles.com

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Zero S Hits Europe and a World Record is Set at Electricross

Spring has been busy for Zero Motorcycles. They've launched world’s first high performance electric street motorcycle and set a world record at the 24 Hours of Electricross.

The launch of the Zero S has been receiving plenty of attention from around the world!. It has been featured on CNN, Fox News, and recently on the front page of the BBC Technology and Business sections.

To accommodate soaring global interest in electric Zero Motorcycles, they have established a European Union customer service and distribution center. In addition, we now offer localized pricing for most of Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Chief Technical Officer and Founder of Zero Motorcycles, Neal Saiki had the following to say about Zero Motorcycles - "In the off-road world we are happy to report that the 24 Hours of Electricross  was a huge success. Ten teams competed for a full 24 hours and about 500 miles later each crossed the finish.  Not only did we set a world record and put our motorcycles to the ultimate test, we only used about $100 worth of electricity to power all of the racer’s motorcycles."


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May 23 - Demo a 'Zero Motorcycle' in Arkona, Ontario

Zero Motorcycles, maker of electric powered motorcycles is having a demo event on May 23rd in Arkona, Ontario. They'll be bringing the Zero X Sport and Zero X Extreme. The demo ride is being offered as one of the attractions at the Custom Motorsports, Open House. The event takes place Saturday May 23, 2009 - from 8am to 4pm. Rain date is Sunday May 24th.

The Zero X is a full sized high performance dirt bike. Built from the ground up using the sophisticated electric motorcycle technology and boasting 50 ft-lbs of torque. The Zero X Extreme is adds some extra power. According to the Zero website "We offer an ‘extreme package’ for those wanting to ride even harder and faster. The upgrades include a stronger motor, a stronger/smoother front fork, and a wider Italian front fender to catch the dirt if you like to roost your way around corners."

They won't have the Zero S - the street model. That model will be coming to Canada too but it's not off the production line just yet we're told and the prototype Zero showed off at the Green Living Show last month is back in Santa Cruz, CA now.

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Zero S - Bringing electric to the streets of Canada - SOON!

Zero Motorcycles is bringing its Zero S street model to Canada. They've reportedly built a network of dealerships already, and will be adding more to the list. Each dealer will have at least one bike on hand for customers to test. Nice! - No waiting for manufacturer or dealer demo days or buying without getting a chance to ride the motorcycle with Zero!

There's already dealers signed up and ready in Penticton and Pemberton, B.C., Calgary and London, Ont., and shops in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Montreal, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon and Edmonton are in negotiations.

Zero Motorcycles has already booked substantial pre-orders for the Zero S without sharing details or images and now anticipates a soaring demand.

In case you're not familiar with the Zero S, there are some things that make it really interesting. First, it's totally electric. It plugs into a regular 110V outlet and takes four hours and less than $1 to fully power up. You'll be able to go about a 100-kilometre range on a single charge.

This road going version will get up to about 100 km/h with it's four-kilowatt electric engine, which produces 31 horsepower and a steady 62.5 lb-ft of torque. That's not a terribly high top speed when compared to a lot of motorcycles on the street. What makes this bike exciting is how quickly it does get to top speed though - about 4 seconds.

It should be a a fun bike and great commuter tool. Hey, you can always plug it in at work if you're concerned about running out of juice on the way home. Zero plan to facilitate commuter duties and grocery store runs by adding panniers and a top case as options soon.

Price is not quite finalized for Canada yet but expect it to be somewhere around $10,000.

A dual-sport version is also in the works from Zero. It'll have bigger wheels, more aggressive rubber, and longer suspension to make it more dirt-friendly.

Key Zero S Information:

Weight- The aluminum frame weighs 29 pounds and the entire Zero S motorcycle weighs only 225 pounds
Speed- 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. The Zero S delivers over 31 horsepower using Zero’s patent-pending lithium-ion array
Range - Range for the Zero S is 60 miles
Life Expectancy of Battery - 5 to 6 years with average use
Battery charging time - Full recharge of battery can be done in less than 3 hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet
Operating cost - Less than one cent per mile or kilometer
Warranty
- Zero Motorcycles warranties its frames to be free from defects for one full year from the date of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original owner and does not cover finishes, cosmetic defects, labor or shipping.

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Test ride a Zero electric in Toronto

We got an email from the fine folks at Zero Motorcycles to remind us about the big debut Zero motorcycles will be making at the 3rd Annual Toronto Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre this April 24-26th.

The big news is that they'll be offering customer demo's! This could be your first chance to test out an electric motorcycle from Zero!

Consumers and media will be taking part in this event where last year over 600 people test drove hybrid cards from leading manufacturers. This year Zero Motorcycles will be making their debut at this prestigious event that has attracted the likes of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, David Suzuki and Ed Begley Jr in recent years. Zero Motorcycles is the world leader in high performance electric motorcycles. Think outside the cylinder, think Zero 'electric' Motorcycles.

- More details about the event can be found on the Green Living Online website here.
- More details about Zero motorcycles can be found at Zero Motorcycles' website here.

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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:


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