The world’s best-selling electric motorcycle maker, Zero Motorcycles, has upped its game yet again for its 2019 model line. There are more powerful base models, brand new tech features and bold new styling.
“At Zero Motorcycles, we’ve defined the electric motorcycle industry over the past 13 years by developing a diverse line-up that features the world’s most power and energy dense EV tech,” said Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles.
“Having sold more electric motorcycles annually than all our competitors combined, we continue to be the driving force behind two-wheeled electrification. This is going to be a very exciting year for Zero Motorcycles.”
The asphalt and dirt Zero DSR continues to be popular thanks to a massive 146Nm of seamless torque. This year it has been fitted with a collection of Zero’s accessories including a dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards and a 12V accessory socket. There’s also a touring version, the DSR Black Forest Edition, that features integrated luggage and adventure oriented gear.
“Zero was founded with an emphasis on off-road and how electric powertrain technology can transform that riding experience,” said Abe Askenazi, CTO of Zero Motorcycles.
“Whether bombing down a fire road or quietly weaving through a forest, Zero’s dual sport line strips away noise and complication to redefine what a motorcycle can be – in a word, effortless. Just you, two wheels, and a fist-full of always-there torque for wherever the road takes you.”
Upgrades to the dual sport line drove parallel improvements in Zero’s street line-up with the opening price point and lower weight Zero S ZF7.2 offering the same i42% performance jump as the base model Zero DS.
To expand the charging capabilities of its dual sport and street line, Zero launched a backwards-compatible accessory version of their popular 6kW Charge Tank that can now be installed at authorised local dealerships. The new Charge Tank accessory is designed with long-term owners in mind and is compatible with Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR models dating back to 2015.
The Charge Tank “refuels” up to six times faster than a standard wall outlet, adding up to 137km of city range in an hour using standard Level 2 charge stations.
Whether charging, riding, or storing a Zero for a long winter, the motorcycle’s operating system is the “brains”. For 2019, Zero developed and released a “Long Term Storage Mode” in which the motorcycle automatically puts itself into a low-power mode to optimise battery state-of-charge and further improve long-term battery health. There’s also a five-year/unlimited kilometre battery warranty.
All 2019 models feature new styling, including an overhauled colour scheme and undercoat graphics package. New colours include subtle Dune and Rhino Gray featured on the Zero FX and FXS, sophisticated Jet Black and Black Metallic for the Zero S and SR and sleek Sandstone and Caldera Metallic for the Zero DS and DSR.