First Look: 2013 Zeros!

Cycle News Staff | October 2, 2012

Zero Motorcycles released its 2013 model line today with claims of an average power increase of 99 percent and the “world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S.” Zero says the Zero S is capable of 137 city miles.

The 2013 Zeros feature a new Z-Force motor that is more powerful and still “highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact.” The new motor operates using a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack that provides riders the option of charging their Zero to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory.

The new 2013 Zero DS.

The 2013 Zero DS

Zero says the new models will come to North America in January.

Using Bluetooth, Zero owners can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

The new Zero S and Zero DS also get new bodywork, which includes storage in the”tank” area.

To accommodate the new look and powertrain, Zero also redesigned the frames for every model with an emphasis on improving rider ergonomics and expanding compatibility with aftermarket accessories.

“With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This year’s lineup offers breathtaking acceleration, new eye-catching designs and the innovative ability to customize the riding experience to each individual’s preferences via a mobile application. We invite consumers to discover the experience of riding a 2013 model by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order. The new lineup arrives in January.”

Zero Motorcycles has introduced the Zero FX as the ultimate “do anything” and “ride anywhere” urban rebel motorcycle. It is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company’s lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 horsepower and a weight of just 275 pounds. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, also features the company’s quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can now use one or two battery modules and can upgrade any of the previously mentioned models from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh in seconds.

The new 2013 Zero MX.

The 2013 Zero MX

The Zero MX also has improved handling and power, according to Zero.

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Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. The pricing for each model is below.

Zero S
MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995
MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995

Zero DS
MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995
MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995

Zero FX
MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990

Zero XU
MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490

Zero MX
MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990