Zero Adds More Power, Longer Range and Fresh Styling to 2019 Lineup
This is a press release from Zero Motorcycles…
Santa Cruz, CA (October 23, 2018) – Zero Motorcycles, the global electric motorcycle sales and innovation leader, today announced the release of its 2019 model line. With more powerful base models, brand new tech features, extended range and bold new styling, this year represents the strongest lineup of motorcycles in Zero’s history.
“At Zero Motorcycles, we’ve defined the electric motorcycle industry over the past 13 years by developing a diverse lineup that features the world’s most power and energy dense EV tech,” said Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Having sold more electric motorcycles annually than all our competitors combined, we continue to be the driving force behind two-wheeled electrification. This is going to be a very exciting year for Zero Motorcycles.”
For 2019 Zero focused on its dual-sport line to support the surging demand that the brand has been experiencing. The entry price point Zero DS ZF7.2 is designed for those seeking the electric dual-sport experience and who don’t need, or want, a larger battery. In a major breakthrough, the exceptionally nimble model now boasts an impressive 35% more horsepower and an 8% higher top speed. At 96 lbs lighter than its longer-range counterpart, this model is going to be even more fun.
VIDEO | 2019 Zero DS | DSR – Electric Dual Sport
The new longer-range Zero DS ZF14.4 now leverages the same battery as the premium Zero DSR to extend its range by 10% over last year. This allows the 2019 Zero DS to be configured with a range of 204 miles in the city and 97 miles on the highway.
The pinnacle bike in the dual-sport line, the asphalt and dirt ripping Zero DSR, continues to be wildly popular among riders with its massive 116 ft-lb of seamless torque. This year it has been newly outfitted with a collection of Zero’s bestselling accessories including a dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards and a 12V accessory socket.
“Zero was founded with an emphasis on off-road and how electric powertrain technology can transform that riding experience. Whether bombing down a fire road or quietly weaving through a forest, Zero’s dual-sport line strips away noise and complication to redefine what a motorcycle can be,” said Abe Askenazi, CTO of Zero Motorcycles. “In a word, effortless. Just you, two wheels, and a fist-full of always-there torque for wherever the road takes you.”
Upgrades to the dual-sport line drove parallel improvements in Zero’s street lineup with the opening price point and lower weight Zero S ZF7.2 offering the same incredible 35% performance jump as the base model Zero DS.
Meanwhile, the new longer-range Zero S ZF14.4 travels 10% further than last year and can be configured to deliver the lineup’s longest range with up to 223 miles in the city and 112 miles on the highway.
To expand the charging capabilities of its dual-sport and street line, Zero launched a backwards-compatible accessory version of their extremely popular 6kW Charge Tank that can now be installed at authorized local dealerships. The new Charge Tank accessory is designed with long-term owners in mind and is compatible with Zero S, Zero SR, Zero DS and Zero DSR models dating back to 2015. The Charge Tank “refuels” up to six times faster than a standard wall outlet, adding up to 85 miles of city range in an hour using standard Level 2 charge stations.
Whether charging, riding, or storing a Zero for a long winter, the motorcycle’s operating system is the “brains” behind it all. Zero continuously upgrades this system based on millions of consumer riding miles. For 2019, Zero developed and released an industry-first “Long Term Storage Mode” in which the motorcycle automatically puts itself into a low-power mode to optimize battery state-of-charge and further improve long-term battery health. Zero also continues to offer its industry-leading five-year/unlimited mile battery warranty.
In keeping with Zero’s brand update and visual revamp from last year, all 2019 models feature bold and sleek new styling, including an overhauled color scheme and undercoat graphics package. New colors include subtle Dune and Rhino Gray featured on the Zero FX and Zero FXS, sophisticated Jet Black and Black Metallic for the Zero S and Zero SR and sleek Sandstone and Caldera Metallic for the Zero DS and DSR.
VIDEO | 2019 Zero FX – Electric Trail Ride
New for 2019
Zero Motorcycles designs and builds the best electric motorcycles on the planet at its California headquarters. Founded in 2006, Zero continues to define the electric motorcycle category with the most advanced powertrain tech, diverse electric lineup, and transformational riding experiences underscored by smooth, seamless, asphalt-ripping, acceleration. The 2019 model line extends this lead by delivering bold new styling, higher performance base models and smarter smarts.
Here’s a rundown of what’s new:
Enhanced Zero DSR
Smooth, virtually silent, and insanely quick, riding the Zero DSR off-road embodies the ideal escape experience. The 2019 Zero DSR offers more to the off-road enthusiast by including a dual-sport windscreen, tank grips, hand guards, and a 12 V accessory socket.
More powerful Zero S and Zero DS ZF7.2
Now faster. The lighter weight base models Zero S and Zero DS offer 35% more horsepower and 8% higher top speed to stay even farther ahead of cars and fellow motorcyclists.
VIDEO | 2019 Zero S | SR – Naked Sport Electric Motorcycle
Longer range Zero S and Zero DS with ZF14.4 battery
Travel to more distant locales on the Zero S and Zero DS with the ZF14.4 power packs. Both models now feature the same battery chemistry as their faster “R” counterparts to deliver 10% more capacity to the already ingenious and compact Z-Force® power pack. It’s the highest power and energy density battery in today’s transportation industry and for its size takes you farther than any other electric vehicle on the planet.
Backwards-compatible Charge Tank now through local dealers
Zero’s 6 kW Charge Tank was introduced as a factory option for 2018 models. In response to strong consumer demand, Zero is releasing an aftermarket Charge Tank that can be installed at local dealerships. Zero designed the new accessory with long-time owners in mind and made it compatible with applicable models dating back to 2015.
The Charge Tank can “refuel” a Zero S or Zero DS ZF7.2 from empty to 95% in an hour using standard Level 2 charge stations. Every hour of charging adds up to 85 miles of city range. Plug in the standard charger in parallel to hit 103 mph of charging.*
Effortless, optimized long-term storage
Zero continuously improves the motorcycle’s operating system to deliver maximum powertrain performance and enhance the ownership experience. The 2019 lineup features a patent pending Long Term Storage Mode. An industry first, the motorcycle automatically puts itself into Long Term Storage Mode to optimize the battery’s state of charge to further improve long term battery health. No complex procedures needed.
Bold new styling across the line
The 2019 models reflect Zero’s new brand with a completely overhauled color scheme and graphics. From the subtle Rhino Gray of the Zero FXS to the simple sophistication of the Jet Black Zero S, the fresh color palette offers something for every taste.
*Specifications based on city range. Actual range and recharge times vary based on riding style, road conditions, motorcycle accessories, and charge station output/configuration.
VIDEO | 2019 Zero FXS – Electric Supermoto
Zero Motorcycles’ 2019 models are now available in select dealerships around the world and will begin shipping to customers immediately.
For more details about Zero’s 2019 line or to see the new motorcycles at a dealer near you, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.