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2014 Zero DS

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  • Zero DS
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Z-Force® 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor
  • Transmission:
    Clutchless direct drive
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    54
  • MPG(Cty):
    425
  • MPG(Hwy):
    206
  • Torque @ RPM:
    68
  • Top Speed:
    80 mph
  • Price:
    12995

The 2014 Zero DS comes with a set of improvements which help it deliver better performances. The motorcycle has a pretty versatile character and feels similarly comfortable both on the street and on the dirt. It is built on a twin spar frame which sits on a set of fully adjustable suspensions.

Power comes from a Z force, 75-7 passively air cooled, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor which puts out a maximum torque of 68 Ft-Lb (92 Nm) and 54 Hp (40 KW) at 4,300 rpm.

The unit can propel you to a maximum speed of 80 Mph (129 Km/H) and can reach 100 kmph in 5.2 seconds. As far as batteries are concerned you can choose between three capacities - 8.5 KWh, 11.4 KWh and 14.2 KWh.

The motorcycle is offered with a base price of $12,995
.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Zero DS.

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Zero adds a new entry-level e-bike

Zero adds a new entry-level e-bike

The 125cc spec machine will now do 163 miles on electric power

With just a decade of experience in the industry, ZERO Motorcycles has been at the epitome of electrically powered machines on two wheels. Showing the world how to do it right all this while, the folks have upped their game for 2018.

Offering higher performances this year, the California firm already has four models for 2018 including the Zero S, SR, FXS (street), DS, DSR, and FX (dual-sport). Now, they have added another e-bike to that lineup to cater to the learner group of customers: the DS ZF14.4.

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2018 ZERO Motorcycles pack 223 miles in just over 2 hours of charge!

2018 ZERO Motorcycles pack 223 miles in just over 2 hours of charge!

With a faster and more powerful battery motor combo, get on you bike faster and ride further than ever before.

With just a decade of experience in the industry, ZERO Motorcycles has been at the epitome of electrically powered machines on two wheels. Showing the world how to do it right all this while, the folks have upped their game for 2018.

Offering higher performances, the four models for 2018 will come in a set of modern colors and have battery packs that will provide for a ten percent extended range and six times faster-charging capabilities.

With this, the California Republic-based company is addressing the major issues faced by motorcycles running on ’non-liquified dinosaurs’.

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Zero Issues Recall On MY17 S, DS and FXS Models

Zero Issues Recall On MY17 S, DS and FXS Models

Zero has identified a problem with its 2017 S, DS and FXS models, and although the issue spans three different model ranges, the overall number of affected vehicles is relatively low at only 61 units total in North America. According to the report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Hydraulic Control Unit that works in conjunction with the ABS may have been programmed with the wrong vehicle information. This would cause potential loss of control if the HCU meters the level of ABS intervention based on erroneous info. In short, the ABS makes you more likely to have a wreck, not less. Ironic? I’ll not climb on my soapbox about rider crutches, but just point out that this is exactly what I mean when I talk about someone taking your crutch and beating you with it. ’Nuff said.

Continue reading for more information on the Zero recall.

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2017 2017 Zero DS / DSR

2017 2017 Zero DS / DSR

While most EV manufacturers push either off-road or streetbike products to the exclusion of everything else, Zero Motorcycles boldly expands on both of those fronts plus something in-between with the improved-for-2017 DS and DSR models. These two are built to fill the dual-sport niche with off-road suspension and dual-surface tires under a sporty chassis that naturally runs the company’s all-electric drive system. This represents a success for both the electric sector as well as the dual-sport/adventure sector, both of which are still burgeoning under increasing public interest and steady technological advancements. Today I’m going to take a look at these bikes made unique by the pairing of electrics with the on/off-road riding style associated with dual-sport machines.

Continue reading for my review of the Zero DS and DSR.

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2016 Zero DS / DSR

2016 Zero DS / DSR

Zero Motorcycles has been at it for a whole decade now, designing, building and indeed inventing its own distinct brand of electric two wheelers for the burgeoning “green” market. Over the years, that market has grown in proportion to a number of things such as awareness, the ever-increasing number of public charging stations, technological leaps in battery chemistry and electric-bike manufacturer’s willingness to give buyers what they are looking for.

The updated 2016 DS model, and its altogether new-for-2016 sibling, the DSR, benefits from all of the above. Not only does the base DS come with a more efficient motor, but advances in lithium-ion batteries give it more power-storage capacity so it’s even better than last year.

On top of all that, the DS family is built to take advantage of increasing interest in dual-sport bikes meant to serve as an all-in-one ride for folks who enjoy on-and off-road riding, but don’t necessarily want to have a separate, specialized bike for each purpose. I expect this confluence of factors to further Zero’s success as we move forward, but it will take some time before we know if I am being prophetic, or merely hopeful.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Zero DS and DSR.

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Zero Motorcycles Boosts Presence In Europe With Dealerships In Italy

Zero Motorcycles Boosts Presence In Europe With Dealerships In Italy

Zero Motorcycles is in the process of bolstering its dealership network in Europe after announcing the establishment of its first official dealership in Italy. Entering the Italian market is a major development for the California-based company, which already counts Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands as markets where it already has a strong presence in.

With the possible exception of Germany, none of the other countries are in equal market footing as Italy. Zero knows that having a presence there would go a long way in expanding its brand profile. Its partnership with local dealer E-move.me is also crucial in that respect since the electric mobility retailer can service clients in Milan, considered as one of the most important cities for electric motorcycles. Interested customers also have a choice of buying Zero’s bikes straight-up, or rent them for a given period of time. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for Zero Motorcycles, which is planning on offering all four of its models from the get-go.

That includes the Zero S street bike and its 185-mile city range and 95-mph top speed and the more powerful SR model that boasts of a top speed of 102 mph. If neither bike is appealing to a specific customer, Zero is also offering the more versatile DS model and the motocross-inspired FX stealth fighter.

All four models should generate strong interest from a market that not only has a long history with motorcycles but more importantly, an open-armed acceptance of electric motorcycles. It all ties back into Zero Motorcycles’ goal of becoming a global brand.

Continue reading to read more about Zero Motorcycles’ entry into the Italian market.

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2014 Zero DS

2014 Zero DS

The 2014 Zero DS comes with a set of improvements which help it deliver better performances. The motorcycle has a pretty versatile character and feels similarly comfortable both on the street and on the dirt. It is built on a twin spar frame which sits on a set of fully adjustable suspensions.

Power comes from a Z force, 75-7 passively air cooled, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor which puts out a maximum torque of 68 Ft-Lb (92 Nm) and 54 Hp (40 KW) at 4,300 rpm.

The unit can propel you to a maximum speed of 80 Mph (129 Km/H) and can reach 100 kmph in 5.2 seconds. As far as batteries are concerned you can choose between three capacities - 8.5 KWh, 11.4 KWh and 14.2 KWh.

The motorcycle is offered with a base price of $12,995
.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Zero DS.

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2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4

2013 Zero DS ZF8.5 / Zero DS ZF11.4

Compact, agile and strong, the 2013 version of the Zero DS is especially developed to reward you with a thrilling ride whenever you jump on its saddle.

The Zero DS is built on the platform of the new 2013 Zero S and is equipped with a completely new electric motor. The engine is powered by a modular power pack system which is available in two configurations: ZF 8.5 (one module) and ZF 11.4 (two modules).

Compared to the previous unit the new motor is 93% more powerful, generates 62% more torque and yields 13% greater city range offering an autonomy of 100 km for the ZF8.5 and 132 km for the ZF11.4.

As far as the charge is concerned the Zero DS can be charged to 95% at charging stations in an hour or less.

Hit the jump for more information on the Zero DS ZF8.5 and Zero DS ZF11.4.

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2012 Zero DS ZF6

2012 Zero DS ZF6

With every year that passes the electric motorcycles gain more and more terrain and in the latest years they managed to be more successful than ever.

The motorcycle is propelled by a highly efficient air-cooled, DC Axial Flux Permanent Magnet motor which is powered by a set of Lithium-Ion Intelligent Power Pack batteries with a life expectancy of from 34,000 to 70,000 miles. The normal recharge time is ranging from two to four hours, but there are also available optional quick charge units which can cut the required recharge time approximately in half. The battery charging may be accomplished via either standard 110V or 220V outlets and the costs of recharging are ranging from $0.21 up to $0.48.

The motorcycle’s suspension was especially developed for off road riding, so it can deal with any type of terrain without any problems.

Among the features offered by the motorcycle you’ll find a locking front fork assembly, ignition key and high performance compound brake pads.

Hit the jump for more information on the Zero DS ZF6.

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2010 Zero DS

2010 Zero DS

The 2010 Zero DS is an electric bike with guts. It promises 96lb/ft of torque, all while weighing 277 pounds, and claims to have the ability to keep the rush coming on all kinds of terrains. What you’ll like about it the most is that it keeps its word on everything.

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2010 Zero DS and Zero S priced under $7.5K in California

2010 Zero DS and Zero S priced under $7.5K in California

California residents with a soft spot for electric motorcycles are now offered the possibility to buy the Zero DS and Zero S bikes at the special price of $7,495. That’s $1,500 less than what residents in the other 49 states will pay for the same bikes and it is all made possible through the California Clean Vehicle Program rebate and ten percent federal tax credit.

Zero Motorcycles will start a "Discover the Experience Tour" in order to popularize their 2010 product lineup – which is actually made of four electric models – and the $1,500 rebate applicable for their two bikes with the most chances to sell. Read the full press release after the jump.

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2010 Zero Motorcycles Product Lineup

2010 Zero Motorcycles Product Lineup

Zero Motorcycles has come a short way from idea to the world’s main electric motorcycle manufacturer and their 2010 product lineup already counts four models suiting four different riding tastes: the Zero S, which is your daily electric commuting bike, the Zero DS, pretty much an S model with off-road abilities, the Zero MX, what you would call an electric dirt bike and, finally, the Zero X, the plug-in trail bike. Sounds cool already? Click past the break for the official press release and launch video.

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