Zero XU | Electric Motorcycle Preview
2011 Electric Motorcycle
Zero Motorcycles, a global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, released information Tuesday about its newest machine, the Zero XU.
A new motorcycle for the company, it marks the fifth to be added to the product line. With instant torque from zero rpm, no shifting, a low weight, a low seat height and a removable power pack, the Zero XU is designed to be the ideal electric motorcycle for those who live in the city.
The XU electric motorcycle leverages the time-tested Zero X off-road platform for durability and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish new body.
Bringing Zero Motorcycles’ product offerings to a new population, the XU is the world’s first electric street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger.
This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially nonstop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs.
As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by approximately 50-percent to one hour. The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX electric motorcycles can use their power packs interchangeably with the new XU.
Gene Banman (CEO of Zero Motorcycles) says: "We’re excited to announce our fifth model for 2011. The Zero XU is ideal for those living and working in a city. With no shifting, quiet operation, comfortable ergonomics and optional onboard storage, riders of all experience levels are able to focus on simply enjoying the ride. Add to that the ability to remove the power pack and the Zero XU becomes the ultimate urban crosser."
The Zero XU electric motorcycle starts at $7,995 MSRP. A federal tax credit can be applied if purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer other incentives. To secure an order and take advantage of the current federal incentive while it lasts, the XU can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. It comes with a two-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.
2011 Zero XU Specs:
|Type||High Efficiency, Air Cooled, DC, Radial Flux, Permanent Magnet|
|Top speed||51 mph (82 km/h)|
|Type||Z-Force™ Patented Li-Ion Intelligent Power Pack|
|Maximum capacity||2 kWh|
|Nominal capacity||1.7 kWh|
|Estimated pack life (to 80%)||32,000 miles (52,000 km)|
|Charge time (standard)||2 hours|
|Quick charge time (option)||1.2 hours (100% charged) / 1 hour (90+% charged)|
|Input||Standard 110V or 220V|
|Maximum||30 miles (48 km)|
|EPA UDDS||25 miles (40 km)|
|Transmission||Clutchless one speed|
|Drive system||61T / 13T, 420 chain|
|Chassis / Suspension / Brakes|
|Front suspension travel||5.3 inches (135 mm)|
|Rear suspension travel||5.5 inches (140 mm)|
|Front brakes||2 piston hydraulic, 8.66×0.16 inch (220×4 mm) disc|
|Rear brakes||1 piston hydraulic, 8.66×0.16 inch (220×4 mm) disc|
|Wheel base||54.3 inches (138 cm)|
|Seat height (standard)||31.8 inches (80.6 cm)|
|Low seat height (accessory)||29.8 inches (75.6 cm)|
|Trail||3.3 inches (83 mm)|
|Frame||14.8 pounds (6.7 kg)|
|Curb weight||218 pounds (99 kg)|
|GVWR||468 pounds (212 kg)|
|Carrying capacity||250 pounds (113 kg)|
|Typical cost to recharge||$0.21|