While electric motorcycles still can't compete with gas bikes when it comes to cruising range, the just-released 2013 Zero Motorcycles lineup takes yet another step in the right direction: Claiming an average power increase of 99 percent and "the world's longest-range production electric motorcycle," Zero's new higher voltage batteries enable up to 137 miles of city range.
The gutsiest bike in Zero's 2013 lineup (which hits showrooms in January) is the FX model, which produces 44 hp and 70 ft-lbs of torque. For comparison's sake, a 2013 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two packs a 1,200cc v-twin that produces a claimed 72.3 ft-lbs of twist. When using an optional charge accessory at a CHAdeMO station, Zeroes can get 95 percent charged in an hour or less.
Priced from $7,995 (for a base Zero XU) to $15,995 (for a top level Zero S), the new lineup isn't cheap. Also, your mileage will vary: I only pulled 61.2 miles from a 2012 Zero S ZF9, which is rated at over 100 miles range, while admittedly riding the wheels off the thing. So, based on my crude math skills, 137 miles of claimed range could, under heavy fisted real world riding, yield around 85 or so miles of actual range.
Source: Zero Motorcycles
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