2013 Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7

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The Zero XU has received a pretty significant upgrade for 2013 as is fitted with an all new powertrain. The new Z-Force motor offers 91% more torque and twice the power. The motorcycle’s range has been also improved, with 81% to be more exact to a total of 76 miles.

Another important fact is that the Zero XU is now available with the world’s first modular power pack system. There are two configurations available namely the ZF2.8 (one module) and ZF5.7 (two modules). The Zero XU can be charged to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in an hour or less using an optional accessory. The electric motor can propel the motorcycle to a maximum speed of 77 mph.

Other notable features include Nissin brakes, a new swingarm and wider triple clamps, optimized fork and shock internals and a module locking system.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Zero XU.

NEW FOR 2013

Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7


The Zero XU powertrain has been entirely revamped for 2013 and, as with all 2013 Zero Motorcycles models, uses a new Z-Force™ motor. Offering 91% more torque and twice the power, the Zero XU gets around the city quickly with 81% more range that yields 76 miles of city riding. Now featuring the world’s first truly modular power pack system, the Zero XU is available in two configurations: ZF2.8 (one module), ZF5.7 (two modules). The lockable modules can be individually added or removed, regardless of state of charge, in less than a minute. As with the rest of the 2013 lineup, the Zero XU can be charged to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in an hour or less using an optional accessory.

From the new red bodywork to the revised black frame, the Zero XU now looks more contemporary. In addition, Nissin brakes, a new swingarm and wider triple clamps increase overall control and stiffness to improve ride quality. Offering a new level of personalization, the Zero XU works with mobile devices, via Bluetooth, to allow you to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7

The Zero XU is an innovative, lightweight, electric motorcycle that blends industry leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban-crosser. A low seat height, no-shift operation, removable power pack modules and optional onboard storage allow riders of all kinds to negotiate the city with a new kind of freedom.

Ride the way you want. Relax and leisurely wind your way from one destination to the next. Or…twist the throttle, fly around corners and cut through traffic. Designed for utility and pure enjoyment, the Zero XU transforms the city into a motorcycle amusement park.

It is ideal for the day-to-day…but built for dynamic individuals who may want to occasionally push the limits.

Built around Zero’s lightweight aircraft grade aluminum frame, the Zero XU is styled to be minimalistic, strong, eye-catching and comfortable. With a removable power pack, and the option of a stand-alone charger, riders who live anywhere can charge anywhere. As with Zero’s entire model line, the Zero XU costs only cents to recharge and, with its maintenance-free powertrain, it is one of the most economical motorcycles to own and operate.


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7



The Zero XU features the world’s first truly modular power pack system. With slots for two power packs, you can operate the Zero XU with either one or both slots filled. Giving you the ability to charge without a street-level outlet, the modules can be charged either on the motorcycle or elsewhere using an optional accessory. The modules also work with optional CHAdeMO and quick-charge accessories to reduce charge times from 0-95% down to one hour.

The Zero XU can be purchased with either one module (ZF2.8) or two modules (ZF5.7). Compatible with the Zero FX and Zero MX, the modules can be swapped between any one of the three motorcycles.

  • World’s first fully modular Z-Force™ quick-swap technology allows you to easily upgrade from 2.8 kWh (max) to 5.7kWh (max) in seconds
  • State of the art new power pack configuration and cell chemistry
    • Cells last 2,500 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 170,000 miles on the original power pack
  • Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
  • Modules can be fully removed from the motorcycle and transported to charge anywhere (this requires the purchase of the stand-alone charger in the quick-charge option)
  • Modules can be used interchangeably with the Zero FX and Zero MX
  • Module locking system for increased security and peace of mind
  • Charge from 0-95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in 1 hour or less using an optional accessory
  • Onboard charger that uses a specially developed and optimized charge profile


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7


The Zero XU leverages the same advanced Z-Force™ technology as the fastest motorcycles in the 2013 lineup. Compact, efficient and powerful the motor provides exhilarating acceleration and is remarkably efficient. Completely air cooled, the motor is designed to provide a fantastic riding experience minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor generates electricity that is channeled back into the power pack to help extend ride times.

  • Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world’s most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed air-cooled motor
  • Produces up to 28 hp and 42 ft-lbs of torque
  • Requires no routine maintenance
  • Operates with such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
  • Increased torque and broad power band for much stronger acceleration
  • Quad-level regenerative system recharges the power pack when decelerating
    • Re-gen level is increased during brake application vs. “neutral” deceleration
    • Both braking and “neutral” re-gen levels are set higher in Eco vs. Sport mode
    • Eco mode re-gen levels can be customized using the Zero Motorcycles App



The Zero XU charging system is integrated into the motorcycle and can be plugged in at any standard outlet. No additional equipment is required for standard charging. This allows you to conveniently charge in your garage, at the office or when you stop at one of your favorite places while enjoying a day out. Plug the Zero XU in during the evening, or while at the office, and it is ready to go when you are. Those interested in fast charging can reduce charge times from 0-95% to as little as one hour using the CHAdeMO accessory.

The Zero XU power pack modules can be removed from the motorcycle and charged separately using an optional accessory. This makes it possible to charge the modules anywhere you take them and thereby eliminates the necessity of a street-level outlet.



The Zero XU is built around an incredibly robust dirt bike frame that has been refined for the city. Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the lightweight and rigid frame. The result is a fun motorcycle that is ideal for withstanding the rigors of urban streets.

  • Extremely rigid and lightweight black aircraft grade aluminum frame
  • Entire frame is shot-peened and anodized for resistance to corrosion and abrasion
  • Large cylindrical swingarm cross tube for increased stiffness and suspension response



The wheels and tires on the Zero XU are built to last. With rugged construction and tires that steadfastly hold the pavement, you can feel confident while maneuvering through urban obstacles. For maximum stopping power, the Zero S features robust and easy to modulate brakes with a new Nissin system.

  • Standard sizes for aftermarket tire options
  • Straight-pull spokes for long term durability
  • Nissin brakes are precise, easy to modulate and require little effort


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7


The Zero XU uses a highly tuned suspension system to absorb rough surfaces in the city. Taking advantage of the motorcycle’s low weight, the inverted front fork is robust, light and responsive. On the rear, a rigid double diamond swing arm keeps the wheel planted using an adjustable shock.

  • Optimized fork and shock internals
  • Aluminum stanchions for reduced weight and superior control
  • Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping
  • Rear adjustments: Spring preload and rebound damping
  • Comfortable riding position and optional on-board storage:
    • Low seat height for improved rider confidence and better handling via a lower center of gravity
    • Tall handlebars for increased control and better responsiveness (with adjustable risers to allow for rider customization)
    • Optional storage for greater around town utility



The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide essential information on speed, charge and motor temperature. The Zero XU allows you to set the motorcycle’s performance to either Sport or Eco. Want more information about the motorcycle while riding or at home? Try the new Zero Motorcycles app.

  • Sport / Eco switch to allow you to select motorcycle performance
  • Exceptionally accurate charge indicator
  • Ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.)
  • Keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind
  • Soft and more comfortable seat to accommodate longer rides


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7


Using the new Zero Motorcycles app you can see detailed information about your motorcycle such as the time until charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and much more. When parked the app allows you to set custom parameters for top speed, maximum torque and maximum regenerative braking. While riding, your phone transforms into a customized dash that provides detailed real-time motorcycle information. Synced using Bluetooth, the app works on iPhone and Android mobile devices.

  • Bluetooth enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices
  • Adjustable motorcycle performance to enable sportier or more economical riding (customized setting is available through the ‘eco’ mode setting on the Zero XU)
  • Customizable display reports precise state of charge and real-time power usage while riding



With silent operation and no shifting, you can simply focus on enjoying the ride. Featuring a clutchless direct drive, the Zero XU is geared for city riding and increased efficiency. Using a maintenance-free belt system, the Zero XU is able to achieve minimal frictional losses. This increases its overall range and channels power more efficiently into speed. The result is a motorcycle that is great to ride and requires no routine powertrain maintenance.

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


Zero XU ZF2.8 / Zero XU ZF5.7
City38 miles (61 km)76 miles (122 km)
Highway, 55mph (88 km/h)24 miles (39 km)48 miles (77 km)
Combined29 miles (47 km)59 miles (95 km)
Highway, 70mph (112 km/h)17 miles (27 km)35 miles (56 km)
Combined24 miles (39 km)48 miles (77 km)
Max torque42 ft-lb (57 Nm)42 ft-lb (57 Nm)
Max power27 hp (20 kW) @ 4,000 RPM28 hp (21 kW) @ 4,000 RPM
Top speed (max)77 mph (124 km/h)77 mph (124 km/h)
Top speed (sustained)65 mph (105 km/h)65 mph (105 km/h)
TypeZ-Force™ 75-5 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motorZ-Force™ 75-5 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
ControllerHigh efficiency, 250 amp, 3-Phase brushless controller with re-generative decelerationHigh efficiency, 250 amp, 3-Phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration
Est. pack life to 80% (city)85,000 miles (137,000 km)170,000 miles (274,000 km)
Power packZ-Force™ Li-Ion intelligent modularZ-Force™ Li-Ion intelligent modular
Max capacity2.8 kWh5.7 kWh
Nominal capacity2.5 kWh5.0 kWh
Charger type650 W, integrated650 W, integrated
Charge time (standard)4.1 hours (100% charged) / 3.7 hours (95% charged)7.8 hours (100% charged) / 7.4 hours (95% charged)
CHAdeMO charge time (accessory)1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (95% charged)1.5 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (95% charged)
Quick 2x charger time (accessory)1.9 hours (100% charged) / 1.4 hours (95% charged)3.3 hours (100% charged) / 2.8 hours (95% charged)
InputStandard 110V or 220VStandard 110V or 220V
TransmissionClutchless direct driveClutchless direct drive
Final drive132T / 25T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt132T / 25T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Front suspension38mm inverted, aluminum slider forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping38mm inverted, aluminum slider forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspensionPiggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound dampingPiggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front suspension travel5.12 in (130 mm)5.12 in (130 mm)
Rear suspension travel5.79 in (147 mm)5.79 in (147 mm)
Front brakesNissin 2 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm discNissin 2 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm disc
Rear brakesNissin 1 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm discNissin 1 piston hydraulic, 221x4.5 mm disc
Front tireMJ90-19MJ90-19
Rear tire110/90-16110/90-16
Front wheel1.85x191.85x19
Rear wheel2.15x162.15x16
Wheel base55.1 in (1,400 mm)55.1 in (1,400 mm)
Seat height31.1 in (790 mm)31.1 in (790 mm)
Low seat height (accessory)29.1 in (739 mm)29.1 in (739 mm)
Rake25 degrees25 degrees
Trail3.4 in (87 mm)3.4 in (87 mm)
Frame17 lb (7.7 kg)17 lb (7.7 kg)
Curb weight225 lb (102 kg)267 lb (121 kg)
Carrying capacity355 lb (161 kg)313 lb (142 kg)
Equivalent fuel economy (city)512 MPGe (0.46 L/100 km)512 MPGe (0.46 L/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway)230 MPGe (1.02 L/100 km)235 MPGe (1.00 L/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge$0.30$0.60

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