Zero Motorcycles announces 2013 line up
With more of 2012 behind than in front of us, Zero Motorcycles has provided a look at what to expect of its model line up in 2013. Along with the traditional annual increase in performance, Zero has ditched the Zero X, which makes way for a new FX “Stealth Fighter” model. Current models also receive some cosmetic changes, while a new optional CHAdeMO charging accessory will charge all models up to 95 percent of battery capacity in under an hour.
The five-strong 2013 lineup includes the Zero S “Streetfighter,” Zero DS “Dual Sport,” Zero FX “Stealth Fighter,” Zero XU “Urban Crosser,” and Zero MX “Motocross.” All models will pack a new Z-Force motor that Zero claims delivers up to 125 percent more power than its predecessor. The Zero MX, XU and FX offer the choice of 2.8 kWh or 5.7 kWh battery packs, while the Zero S and DS come with either 8.5 kWh or 11.4 kWh packs. Zero also provides a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices with which owners can customize the performance of their bike.
The range is designed to provide an option for all users, with the Zero S packing the 11.4 kWh battery pack offering the greatest range – up to 137 miles (220 km) in the city, 70 miles (113 km) highway and 93 miles (150 km) combined – significantly bettering the 2012 model's 114 miles city (183 km), 63 miles (101 km) highway and 78 miles (125 km) combined range.
Meanwhile the new FX, with its 95 Nm (70 ft-lb) of torque, boasts the fastest acceleration of any Zero motorcycle to date. And like the 2012 model, the 2013 XU features a removable battery pack.
The new models are due to arrive in dealerships during January and February with prices ranging from US$7,995 for the Zero XU with a 2.8 kWh battery pack up to $15,995 for the Zero S and Zero DS models with 11.4 kWh battery packs.
Source: Zero Motorcycles
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You can use long range tanks and carry extra fuel on your rear carry rack, but how do you carry extra batteries and then go through the hassle of fitting them. I appreciate the technology, but it's never going to meet my needs unless I live to over 80 and I have some doubts that I'll still be riding at that point.
Pretty much a useless invention for me.