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Zero Motorcycles unveils 2012 lineup; 114-mile range

Zero Motorcycles' new 2012 model lineup includes a model that is capable of going 100 miles without a recharge, an industry first.
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Written by Andrew Nusca, Former editor on

True to its name, Zero Motorcycles on Tuesday unveiled its 2012 model lineup that is 100 percent electric and includes a model that is capable of going 100 miles without a recharge, an industry first.

Technological highlights include Zero's new "Z-Force" power park that lasts longer than conventional batteries, allowing for 308,000 miles before it must be swapped out -- much longer than a rider usually keeps a bike. The company says it achieved this through a new battery cell chemistry and configuration.

Meanwhile, the company's newest Zero S can manage speeds of up to 88 miles per hour and go 76 or 114 miles before a recharge, depending on configuration. (Buyers have their choice of six or nine kWh versions.) Its sister models, the Zero DS ("dual sport") and XU ("extreme urban"?) are no slouches, either.

The sticker price rundown:

  • Zero S ("street"): $11,495 (ZF6); $13,995 (ZF9)
  • Zero DS ("dual sport"): $11,495 (ZF6); $13,995 (ZF9)
  • Zero XU ("urban"): $7,695
  • Zero X ("dirt trails"): $9,945
  • Zero MX ("motocross"): $9,495

Each motorcycle comes with a two-year warranty and will hit the roads in February.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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