Electric motorcycles are becoming as popular as their four-wheel counterparts. Safety improvements, increased power and range, and advanced drivetrain technologies have brought them alongside electric cars and SUVs with regards to performance, reliability, and affordability.
Zero has been one of the leading forces in these innovations, as well as a sales leader (with growth of more than 25% last year). With demand high, the company pushed the release of its 2022 models to September of this year.
Let’s take a look at the three new models that are arriving at dealerships as you read this:
Even in its base configuration the Zero is a beast. It boasts a top speed of 98 mph and a range of 68-89 miles, depending on riding style. The proprietary Z-Force 75-5 powerplant cranks out 46 hp and 78 lb-ft of torque. All of this is plenty to make the S a capable commuter and street bike, and the fuel savings should soften the $11,195 price tag.
For about another $2500 you can add dual-sport drive and move up to the DS model. You’ll get the same motor as the S, but the added grip (and added fun) two-wheel drive provides will cost you a few miles in range.
For $15,695 you can bring home a Zero DSR and its Z-Force 75-7 motor, providing a whopping 70 hp and 102 mph top speed. The DSR also includes a mammoth 16.5 kWh battery (nearly twice the size of that in the S and DS), giving the the newest model a Tesla-like 163-mile range under mixed driving conditions.
Credit is due Zero for pushing these models to market in order to fill unprecedented demand. In a time where many companies seem crippled by the inevitable COVID-related delays and shortages, Zero has responded with more hustle and more innovation. Now they just need to work on those prices.