Zero Motorcycles continues to push the limits of e-bike performance with its 2018 line. The coming model year sees longer range, faster charging time, easier firmware updates and new colorways. Consumer models include the Zero S, SR, DS, DSR, FX and FXS Supermoto.
“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 in a company press release. “Riders who’ve been waiting for more range and faster charging don’t have to wait any longer to go electric.”
There are three new batteries among the 2018 selection of motorcycles. The SR and DSR will now feature the ZF14.4 battery pack that, when paired with the optional ZF3.6 Power Tank ($2295), nets an estimated city range of 223 miles and 112 highway miles on the SR and 204 miles on the DSR. A ZF7.2 battery will be available on S, DS, FX and FXS models while the ZF3.6 will be an option for the FX and FXS bikes.
The ZF7.2 yields between 80 to 90 miles per charge depending on model. The ZF3.6 is removable, allowing riders to swap for a fresh battery if needed. Additional batteries are sold separately, and Zero doesn’t list range per charge for the 3.6. All Zero lithium-ion batteries are maintenance free and come with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
The S, SR, DS and DSR can be fit with a new 6 kW Charge Tank in 2018. It’s six times faster than the standard charging set-up on the bikes, reducing 0-95% charge time to two hours with the ZF14.4 models and one hour on models equipped with the ZF7.2 battery pack.
“Zero’s new 6 kW Charge Tank allows riders to charge at speeds of up to 103 miles per hour of charging (speed calculated using city range) at any of the growing number of over 14,000 Level 2 charging stations in the US or 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.”
Problem is, riders will have to choose between either the Power Tank or Charge Tank, as both are currently unable to be installed at the same time.
Firmware updates are going to be easier in 2018, as riders will be able to perform the task directly through their smartphone rather than having to take the bike back to the dealer. This feature will be available for 2017 models also.
Check here for more information on the entire 2018 Zero Motorcycles line-up.