The Zero DS is without a doubt one of the most practical electric motorcycles in its class. It combines high end technologies with agility, versatility and comfort, offering a smart solution for those who want to find a super efficient way of riding.

The motorcycle is built around a Z-force, 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor. The engine generates a maximum power of 54 hp at 4300 rpm and 68 Ft-Lb (92 Nm) of torque which is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 98 mph. The sprint from 0 to 100 kmph is made in not less than 5.2 seconds.

The electric motor is mounted on an innovative twin-spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

The motorcycle is offered with a base price of $13,345.

Hit the jump for more information on the Zero DS.

  • 2015 Zero DS
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Z-Force® 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
  • Transmission:
    Clutchless direct drive
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    54
  • Torque @ RPM:
    68
  • Top Speed:
    98 mph
  • Price:
    13345

Overview

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Bypass The Ordinary

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.

Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, stealthily pass from the wild 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.

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 powertrain and fully adjustable suspension. 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 2015 Zero DS offers a liberating ownership experience with its maintenance-free powertrain, penny per mile ‘fuel’ cost and powerful acceleration.

2015 Zero DS Key Features:

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New For 2015

The Evolution Of Extraordinary
Agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom…freedom from gasoline, noise, and frequent maintenance. For 2015, the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle expands its boundaries even further. Showa suspension delivers enhanced comfort and control, both on and off road, perfectly complementing Pirelli MT-60 enduro tires. Longer adventures are now available thanks to 10% increased battery capacity, extending Zero Motorcycles’ class-leading range up to 170 miles in the city.

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
• The Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS wheels are now equipped with a larger carrier-less front rotor to reduce unsprung weight and increase stopping power
• The Zero SR now uses softer compound Diablo Rosso II tires for even greater traction
• The Zero FX now features wider 1.85 x 21 front and 2.50 x 18 rear wheels and tires for increased strength and greater aftermarket tire options
• Larger, higher-capacity wheel bearings on every model to increase stiffness, versatility and durability

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

2015 Zero DS Features and Benefits:

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A Refined Powertrain Integrated With An Off-Road Heritage

The Zero DS is built on the foundation of the Zero S and incorporates technology that makes it ideally suited for a wide range of conditions. In the dirt or on the street, the Pirelli dual sport tires maintain a tight grip, and the specially engineered Showa suspension system absorbs the bumps. The result is a dual sport motorcycle that is ready for any surface you throw at it.

Game Changing Z-Force® Power Pack

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130+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi Lifetime
The 2015 Zero DS features advanced cell chemistry and battery management systems that provide greater capacity and range. Not only does the ZF12.5 power pack enable you to go beyond 130 miles, it is also designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored to ensure maximum health. The highly efficient onboard charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero’s scalable off-board charging systems. What does this mean? Simply put, the Zero DS is a leader in acceleration, range and longevity for production electric motorcycles.

Power Tank Technology

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Up To 170 Miles In The City
The Z-Force® Power Tank adds 2.8 kWh of power pack storage capacity to any 2015 Zero DS. An optional accessory, the Power Tank can be added at any time during or after motorcycle purchase, bringing the maximum battery capacity to 15.3 kWh. With that much energy, you can expect to travel up to 170 miles in the city or 82 miles on the highway.

Revolutionary Z-Force® Motor

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54 Hp, 68 Ft-Lbs… and Incredibly Efficient
Zero Motorcycles designed the Z-Force® motor from the ground up to be compact, efficient and powerful. It provides you with exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 98 mph. 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.

Frame and Bodywork

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Great To Look At. Even Better To Ride.
Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the twin spar frame on the Zero DS. It is lightweight, strong and one of the main reasons that the Zero DS handles incredibly well on the dirt or street. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero DS is highly maneuverable and responsive. The refined, yet rugged, appearance is completed with sleek bodywork with a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The ‘tank’ section of the bodywork features an integrated storage compartment that is both lockable and removable. The tank section can also be replaced with the Power Tank accessory for an additional 2.8 kWh of power pack capacity.

Showa Suspension

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The Magic Ride
Zero worked in close collaboration with Showa to develop suspension systems that provide excellent small bump compliance, predictable control of bigger impacts and exceptionally smooth action under all conditions. Torsional rigidity of the front end improves handling, and a hollow front axle reduces unsprung weight. Suspension settings are completely customizable to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders.

Bosch Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

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Powerful. Precise. Control.
The Zero DS features an advanced Bosch anti-lock brake system (ABS) that improves control in a wide array of conditions and ensures the best braking performance, while a large 320 mm diameter carrier-less rotor increases stopping power.

Wheels and Tires

Paved Road. Dirt Road. No Road.
Pirelli tires are standard on the Zero DS, providing great traction in a wide variety of conditions, excellent durability and road feel. The tires are mounted to stylish cast alloy wheels that feature durable wheel bearings.

Dash and Controls

Impressive Information. Elegantly Displayed.
The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide useful data on such information as state of charge, power output and your selected riding profile. You can toggle through three riding profiles, using the ergonomic right-hand switch gear, to better meet the needs of your ride: Sport, Eco, Custom. The dash screen features a cool blue backlit LCD display and integrates seamlessly into the front of the motorcycle. Want more information about the motorcycle while riding or at home? Try the Zero Motorcycles App.

Zero Motorcycles App

Get Your Motorcycle Dialed
Using the 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 the custom riding mode’s performance profile by adjusting the 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. The app is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.

Direct Drive Gearing

Instant Torque With A Twist
Featuring clutchless direct drive, the Zero DS is geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. Without ever needing to shift, the Zero DS provides controlled and powerful acceleration from any speed between 0-98 mph. The carbon fiber belt achieves minimal frictional losses for increased overall range and is integral to making the powertrain maintenance-free.

Charge Anywhere

Plug In At Any Standard Outlet
The Zero DS 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. Charging times can be reduced by up to 75% by using our scalable off-board charging system.*

*Requires optional accessories. Please see your Zero Motorcycles dealer.

Specifications

Motor Type Z-Force® 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration
Max torque 68 ft-lb (92 Nm)
Max power 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4,300 rpm
Top speed (max) 98 mph (158 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 80 mph (129 km/h)
Acceleration, 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 5.2 seconds
Est. pack life to 80% (city) 234,000 miles (377,000 km)
Power pack Z-Force® Li-Ion intelligent
Max capacity 9.4 kWh
Nominal capacity 8.3 kWh
Charger type 1.3 kW, integrated
Charge time (standard) 6.6 hours (100% charged) / 6.1 hours (95% charged)
Charge time With one accessory charger 3.9 hours (100% charged) / 3.4 hours (95% charged)
Charge time With max accessory chargers 1.9 hours (100% charged) / 1.4 hours (95% charged)
Input Standard 110 V or 220 V
Transmission Clutchless direct drive
Final drive 130T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon™ belt
Front suspension Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa 40 mm piston, piggy-back reservoir shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel 7.00 in (178 mm)
Rear suspension travel 7.03 in (179 mm)
Front brakes Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan asymmetric dual piston floating caliper, 320 x 5 mm disc
Rear brakes Bosch Gen 9 ABS, J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc
Front tire Pirelli MT-60 100/90-19
Rear tire Pirelli MT-60 130/80-17
Front wheel 2.50 x 19
Rear wheel 3.50 x 17
Wheel base 56.2 in (1,427 mm)
Seat height 33.2 in (843 mm)
Rake 26.5°
Trail 4.6 in (117 mm)
Frame 23 lb (10.4 kg)
Curb weight 381 lb (173 kg)
Carrying capacity 394 lb (179 kg)
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 425 MPGe (0.55 l/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway) 206 MPGe (1.14 l/100 km)
Typical cost to recharge $1.05
Standard motorcycle warranty 2 years
Power pack warranty 5 years/100,000 miles
Price $13,345

Quotes:

“If the 2015 Zero DS had wire spoked wheels I could openheartedly say that this electric bike is the perfect zero-emission all-rounder. If you’re really in for some serious off-road adventure around your city, the DS should do if you tread carefully and constantly remember you’re not aboard a KTM EXC. The lightweight cast wheels are really stylish and the absence of the front rotor carrier makes the DS look sleek.” — Autoevolution

“The basic designs remain the same. The Zero S is still the brand’s standard-bearer, from which is derived the very popular SR performance variant – think zero-to-60 in 3.3 seconds – and the dual sport interpretation, the DS. As well, the FX "Stealthfighter" hoon machine returns with its unique frame and swappable batteries. So, what’s new? The riding dynamics. Everything that interfaces with the rider and the road has been upgraded. Absolutely everything.” — Autoblog

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