Zero Motorcycles will have an on-board charger option on its 2018 bikes that speeds up re-charging by up to six times. The Californian company has also boosted its Z-Force® battery energy capacity by more than 10%.
For 2018, Zero has introduced three new batteries. The ZF14.4, ZF7.2, and ZF3.6 batteries offer more range and better performance than any two wheel electric vehicle currently on the market.
When equipped with the optional range extending ZF3.6 Power Tank, Zero models featuring the largest ZF14.4 battery offer 18 kWh of energy and the longest range of any two wheel EV on the market with a city range of up to 223 miles. Zero’s lithium-ion batteries are maintenance free and backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage, warranty.
Zero motorcycles can be charged using the standard 110 volt or 220 volt wall outlets. To give riders the ability to cover more ground in a single day, Zero has launched a 6 kW Charge Tank that enables charging up to six times faster than when only using the standard charger. The new Charge Tank is compatible with the worldwide network of Level 2 EV charge stations. The new option is available on all Zero S, SR, DS, and DSR models. When combined with the standard charger, the new Charge Tank drops charge times for ZF7.2 models to one hour (0-95%), and reduces ZF14.4 models to about two hours.
“Zero’s new 6 kW Charge Tank allows riders to charge at speeds of up to 103 miles per hour of charging at any of the growing number of over 14,000 Level 2 charging stations in the US or around the world,” said Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi.
“This means riders can add 30 miles of ‘fuel’ in the time it takes to stop for a cup of coffee or fully recharge over lunch. This completely changes the utility of electric motorcycles by eliminating long recharging times.”
Other performance enhancements for Zero Motorcycles 2018 range include:
- Zero models with the compact and lighter-weight ZF7.2 batteries offer 11% more rear wheel torque.
- The ZF13.0 Zero S and Zero DS have been fine tuned to deliver up to 30% more power and torque to amp up acceleration at highway speeds.
- New colours and graphics.
The upgrades are being delivered at the same price as last year’s models with the exception of a $500 price increase to the flagship Zero SR and Zero DSR. The new Charge Tank is a factory-installed option priced with an MSRP of $2,295. 2018 motorcycles will begin arriving at North American Zero Motorcycles dealers this Autumn.