2017 Zero Motorcycles LineupZero Motorcycles has always been at the forefront of electric motorcycle technology, and every year since the first S model shipped in 2010, the Scotts Valley, Calif., company’s technology has improved.With this improved technology arrives some vast enhancements for 2017 that include 11 percent more power, 19 percent more torque, and the world’s first production motorcycle to exceed 200 miles on a single charge – the ZF13.0 with Power Tank.
The 2017 consumer lineup includes S, SR, DS, DSR, FX, and FXS. New for 2017, the S and DS models are available in smaller, ZF6.5 versions, which are lighter (shed 95 lbs.) and more nimble for urban environments. Zero also offers fleet motorcycles for police and military duties, including the Zero DSRP, Zero DSP, Zero FXP and Zero MMX.[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]The increased power across the lineup arrives from the new proprietary Z-Force interior permanent magnet (IPM) engine that every model now has. Zero says “With increased temperature thresholds and greater efficiency, the IPM motor enables more aggressive riding and higher sustained top speeds. Combined with new higher amperage controllers, every IPM motor now delivers more torque.”This includes the top-powered bikes in the lineup, the Zero SR and Zero DSR, which deliver 116 ft/lbs of torque that’s on tap immediately. That’s more than any street-legal, 1000cc sport bike.“Zero’s 2017 lineup offers riders more power, versatility and options than ever before,” said Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi. “For those interested in the most fun way of efficiently traversing their urban environment, we’ve released the new, lighter, Zero S and Zero DS ZF6.5 models.“On the other end of the spectrum, our top of the line Zero SR and Zero DSR now deliver even more thrills with higher levels of asphalt-shredding torque, while still offering penny-per-mile fuel efficiency and no routine powertrain maintenance.”Following is from the official Zero press release:The new Zero S ZF6.5 street bike and Zero DS ZF6.5 dual sport are ideal for navigating dense urban areas. These economical models feature a compact battery that sheds 95 pounds, offering more nimble handling and additional space for convenient, locking storage.For those seeking longer range, the Zero S and Zero SR ZF13.0 models equipped with the optional Power Tank accessory now exceed 100 miles on the highway and 200 miles in the city (based on standardized SAE J2982 riding range testing), the longest range of any production electric motorcycle.Zero’s Z-Force power packs are the most energy and power dense in the EV industry. For 2017, they feature more powerful processors and new engineering innovations in battery architecture that simplify cell interconnectivity, making the batteries even more robust and reliable. The advanced lithium-ion power packs are maintenance free, designed to exceed the life of the motorcycle, and are now backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.“Zero is pushing electric motorcycle technology forward with longer range, higher performance and greater value,” said Todd Andersen, Zero’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales. “At a time when overall motorcycle industry sales are essentially flat, Zero’s growing network of incredible dealers are seeing significant volume growth and are bringing a wide range of new riders to the sport.”Beyond their latest functional advantages, the Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS, and Zero DSR models look better than ever. A new high-quality paint application process replaces the previous molded-in color body panels. The paint underwent extensive scratch and fade resistance testing to ensure exceptional durability. Complementing the painted “tank” area is a new locking, weather-resistant storage compartment. The result is added convenience and a premium look and feel.Zero also announced an exciting new feature to its app for 2017 models. The free mobile app will enable owners to remotely update their motorcycle’s firmware, saving them a trip to the dealer. It can also be used to customize the motorcycle’s performance characteristics, allowing them to set preferences for maximum torque, top speed and regenerative braking.From the streetfighter style of the Zero S, to the dual sport Zero DSR and the hooligan-friendly Zero FX and Zero FXS, Zero offers an electric motorcycle for every two-wheeled lifestyle. All 2017 Zeros come with a one-year membership in the American Motorcyclist Association, the world’s largest organization that advocates the rights of motorcyclists. Membership includes free roadside assistance.2017 models arrive at authorized US Zero Motorcycles dealers in November 2016. Suggested retail prices range from $8,495 to $15,995. However, US buyers can take advantage of a 10% federal tax credit, making the effective price range from $7,645 to $14,395. Additional states offer incentives, such as California’s $900 rebate, that drop the effective prices even lower. The Charge Tank accessory has a suggested retail price of $1,995. The new, higher capacity ZF3.3 Power Tank lists for $2,695. Both options can now be factory-installed when the customer places an order.Detailed specifications and prices are available at Zero Motorcycles.