Zero Motorcycles Receives $177K Grant

Electric Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, has been awarded its second grant in the state of California to further the development of advanced electric powertrain systems.

The most recent award comes from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD), which awarded Zero Motorcycles a $177,906 grant in partnership with the city of Santa Cruz.

This new grant adds funding to the $900,000 grant from the California Energy Commission awarded last month. The funds will be used to develop an advanced new electric powertrain for Zero Motorcycles. Additional matching funds from the City of Santa Cruz and others provides Zero with total funding for the project of $2,018,000.

Gene Banman (CEO of Zero Motorcycles) says: "We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and we are further inspired by their enthusiasm and dedication to our company."

"Our intention with this new powertrain development program is to continue advancements in the powersports industry while supporting the local economy and this additional boost brings us much closer to reaching our goals."

This newest grant will be used in Zero’s research and development program in Santa Cruz, California creating new jobs and economic growth. Zero now has the financial momentum and expertise it needs to develop electric motorcycle powertrains that exceed all current levels of performance, range and efficiency.

Bonnie Lipscomb (Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the city of Santa Cruz) says: "Zero Motorcycles is an exciting company creating sustainable zero emissions electric transportation and we fully support their expansion in Santa Cruz."

"We are thankful for the support from MBUAPCD which helps companies like Zero grow while creating local jobs that support a greener environment for all of us – it’s the best kind of public-private partnership."

David Fairchild (Air Quality/Transportation Planner for MBUAPCD) adds: "We are happy to support Zero’s innovative approaches to reducing the emissions from transportation."

About Zero Motorcycles:

Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

Zero Motorcycles’ complete product lineup is available for purchase exclusively through the Zero Motorcycles website: Interested riders can schedule demo rides on the highly popular Zero X and MX, or the Zero S street motorcycle and the Zero DS dual sport model. To schedule a demo ride in your area, visit

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).