Additional upgrades for the 2018 model line-up include improved performance, updated colours and over-the-air firmware updates

Zero has boosted its Z-Force battery’s energy capacity by more than 10%.
For 2018, Zero introduces three new batteries and the firm claims that the ZF14.4, ZF7.2 and ZF3.6 batteries offer more range and better performance than any two wheel electric vehicle currently on the market.  When equipped with the optional range extending ZF3.6 Power Tank, Zero models featuring the largest ZF14.4 battery offer 18 kWh of energy and the longest range of any two wheel EV on the market with a city range of up to 223 miles (359km).

Every Zero motorcycle can be charged using the standard 110 V or 220 V wall outlets found all over the world.  To give riders the ability to cover more ground in a single day, Zero launched a 6 kW Charge Tank that enables charging up to six times faster than when only using the standard charger. The new Charge Tank is compatible with the extensive worldwide network of Level 2 EV charge stations. The new option is available on all Zero S, SR, DS, and DSR models.  When combined with the standard charger, the new Charge Tank drops charge times for ZF7.2 models to one hour (0-95%), and reduces ZF14.4 models to about two hours.

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“Zero’s new 6 kW Charge Tank allows riders to charge at speeds of up to 103 miles per hour (166 kph) of charging at any of the growing number of over 14,000 Level 2 charging stations around the world.” said Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi. “This means riders can add 30 miles of ‘fuel’ in the time it takes to stop for a cup of coffee or fully recharge over lunch. This completely changes the utility of electric motorcycles by eliminating long recharging times.”

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Other performance enhancements for 2018 include:

  • Zero models with the compact and lighter weight ZF7.2 batteries offer 11% more rear wheel torque.
  • The ZF14.4 Zero S and Zero DS have been tuned for up to 30% more power and torque

“Zero continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the electric motorcycle space,” said Todd Andersen, Zero’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales. “Riders who’ve been waiting for more range and faster charging don’t have to wait any longer to go electric.”

Zero invented the first mobile App that allowed riders to tailor their bike’s performance from their smartphone (available for iOS and Android) and this year Firmware updates that used to require a trip to the dealer can now be easily performed directly from any compatible smartphone (available on 2017 and 2018 models. See Zero dealers for details).

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The upgrades are being delivered at the same price as last year’s models with the exception of a £500 price increase to the flagship Zero SR and Zero DSR. The new Charge Tank is a factory-installed option priced with an MSRP of £2,300. 2018 motorcycles will begin arriving at authorized European Zero Motorcycles dealers starting in November 2017.

For more details about Zero’s 2018 line or to see the new motorcycles at a dealer near you, visit http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/eu/

Tony Carter

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