California-based Zero Motorcycles has announced its 2018 lineup, with faster charging, greater range, increased power and new colors.
Every Zero motorcycle can be charged using the standard 110V or 220V wall outlets found all over the world. For 2018, Zero has announced a new 6kW Charge Tank factory-installed accessory that allows for up to 6x faster charging than a standard wall outlet, using the Level 2 electric charging stations popping up worldwide. The new Charge Tank charges at a rate of approximately 103 miles per hour of plug-in time, which is fast enough to completely recharge the Zero S and DS (equipped with the ZF7.2 battery) in about an hour, or models equipped with the larger ZF14.4 battery in about two hours.
The batteries themselves are new this year as well, with new chemistry that offers greater range than ever before–up to 223 miles (claimed, city) on models equipped with the ZF14.1 battery and ZF3.6 Power Tank accessory. Zero claims that this is the longest range of any two wheel EV on the market.
As in the past, owners must choose between the faster recharging of the Charge Tank and the greater range of the Power Tank, as the two accessories both utilize the same installation space on the motorcycle.
The new ZF7.2 battery is now more compact and lighter, which Zero says resulted in an 11-percent gain in rear wheel torque. And the ZF13.0-equipped Zero S and DS now deliver 30-percent more power and torque for better acceleration at highway speeds.
Lastly, an updated app now allows Zero owners to perform firmware updates themselves, saving a trip to the dealer.
All of these updates have resulted in no increase in price over the 2017 models, with the exception of a $500 increase for the flagship SR and DSR. All 2018 models will start arriving in Zero dealerships later this month.
2018 Zero FX/FXS
The off-road FX model and its super moto-style sibling the FXS are available with three battery sizes: ZF3.6 modular ($8,495), ZF7.2 ($10,495) and ZF7.2 modular ($11,390).
2018 Zero S/SR
Zero’s sport standard model, the S, is available with two battery sizes: ZF7.2 ($10,995) or ZF13.0 ($13,995). The flagship SR comes with the ZF14.4 battery ($16,495). Both models can also be upgraded with the factory-installed Power Tank accessory that increases range to up to 206 miles (Zero S, claimed, city) or 223 miles (Zero SR, claimed, city), for $2,895.
2018 Zero DS/DSR
The DS dual-sport model is available with two battery sizes: ZF7.2 ($10,995) or ZF13.0 ($13,995). The flagship DSR comes with the ZF14.4 battery ($16,495). Both models can also be upgraded with the factory-installed Power Tank accessory that increases range to up to 206 miles (Zero DS, claimed, city) or 223 miles (Zero DSR, claimed, city), for $2,895.