The Zero S is a tough electric motorcycle built to endure the toughest punishment without backing down. Thanks to its versatile character, the motorcycle can be used in the city, but also for occasional trips on unpaved roads.

The Zero S is built around a Z-Force, 75-7, passively air cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor which cranks out a maximum torque of 68 Ft-Lb (92 Nm) and 54 Hp (40 KW) at 4,300 Rpm. The engine can send the motorcycle to 100 kmph in only 4.8 seconds and the top speed is rated at 95 mph.

The bike rides on front Showa 41 mm inverted cartridge forks, with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping and rear Showa 40 Mm piston, Piggy-Back reservoir shock also with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping.

Hit the jump for more information on the Zero S.

  • 2015 Zero S
  • 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:
    95 mph
  • Price:
    13345

Overview

2015 Zero S Exterior
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The Road Ahead

Imagine instant torque and power from a standstill. Imagine smooth acceleration as you throttle out of turns. Then, imagine never needing to stop at a gas station or being burdened with any scheduled powertrain maintenance. Pure. Powerful. Electric… and available now.

Developed to aggressively take on urban environments while encouraging occasional detours to your favorite stretch of backcountry twisties, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. The result is a motorcycle with breathtaking performance and a sophisticated appearance.

Featuring Zero Motorcycles’ Z-Force® motor and power pack, the Zero S pulls hard to speeds above 90 mph and offers a city range of up to 185 miles with the optional Power Tank accessory.

Whether stealthily accelerating onto the highway or out of the turns, the Zero S is uniquely designed to deliver a thrilling sensation unlike any other on the road today. Are you ready?

2015 Zero S Key Features:

2015 Zero S Exterior
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New For 2015

Adding To Exceptional.
The Zero S and Zero SR have always offered breathtaking power, seamless acceleration and the purity of a ride that enhances the most enjoyable elements of the traditional motorcycle experience. The 2015 models will all but disappear beneath you as you fly down the road with new Showa suspension, Bosch Anti Lock Brakes (ABS) and high performance Pirelli tires. Already the longest-range electric motorcycles in production today, the Zero S and Zero SR now offer riders 10% greater range by way of a newly optimized battery cell configuration. That’s up to 185 miles of exhilaration.

Zero worked in close collaboration with Showa to develop suspension for the Zero S line that provides excellent small bump compliance, predictable control of bigger impacts and exceptionally smooth action under all conditions. Torsional rigidity of the front end was increased for improved handling, and a hollow front axle was used to reduce unsprung weight. Suspension settings are now completely customizable to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders.

Designed to make the twisties even more enjoyable, the contemporary new wheels, Pirelli tires and ABS work together with the highly tuned suspension to provide confidence and control. Riders will also enjoy the stylish new mirrors that provide excellent visibility of the vehicles they just passed.

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 S Features and Benefits:

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Game Changing Z-Force® Power Pack

150+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi Lifetime
The 2015 Zero S and Zero SR feature 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 150 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 S and Zero SR are leaders in acceleration, range and longevity for production electric motorcycles.

New Power Tank Technology

2015 Zero S Drivetrain
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Up To 185 Miles In The City
The Z-Force® Power Tank adds 2.8 kWh of power pack storage capacity to any 2015 Zero S or Zero SR. 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 185 miles in the city or 94 miles on the highway.

Revolutionary Z-Force® Motor

2015 Zero S Drivetrain
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Up To 67 Hp, 106 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 102 mph as configured in the Zero SR. 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 S and Zero SR. It is lightweight, strong and one of the main reasons that the motorcycles handle incredibly well. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the motorcycles are highly maneuverable and responsive. The refined 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

2015 Zero S Exterior
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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 S and Zero SR feature 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

Rolling Forward
Pirelli tires are standard on the Zero S and Zero SR, providing great traction, 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 S is geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency. With its higher output motor, the Zero SR takes advantage of taller gearing to achieve a top speed in excess of 100 mph. Without ever needing to shift, both models provide controlled and powerful acceleration until you reach your desired speed. 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 S and Zero SR 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
Max torque 68 ft-lb (92 Nm)
Max power 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4,300 rpm
Top speed (max) 95 mph (153 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 80 mph (129 km/h)
Acceleration 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 4.8 seconds
Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with regenerative deceleration
Est. pack life to 80% (city) 254,000 miles (409,000 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 132T / 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 6.25 in (159 mm)
Rear suspension travel 6.35 in (161 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 Sport Demon 110/70-17
Rear tire Pirelli Sport Demon 140/70-17
Front wheel 3.00 x 17
Rear wheel 3.50 x 17
Wheel base 55.5 in (1,410 mm)
Seat height 31.8 in (807 mm)
Rake 24.0°
Trail 3.2 in (80 mm)
Frame weight 23 lb (10.4 kg)
Curb weight 376 lb (171 kg)
Carrying capacity 399 lb (181 kg)
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 462 MPGe (0.51 l/100 km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway) 236 MPGe (1.00 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:

“Zero Motorcycles have invested quite a lot of efforts into upgrading the 2015 line-up and it looks like the machines they’re coming up with are really taking a step up in the right direction, adding more thrill to the e-bike segment. The 2015 Zero S is equipped with the Z-Force Power Pack ZF12.5 which provides north of 15- miles (240 km) of city range, which can be extended to 185 miles (300 km) with the optional Power Tank.” — 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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