With gas price continually soaring there has been much emphasis on electric and hybrid vehicles. But what about an electric motorcycle?
The Zero electric motorcycles can do an equivalent of about 300 miles per gallon, which is about 0.784 litre per 100 km. It will cost less than $.01 per mile to operate.
The electric engine, which is powered by lithium ion cells can run about 40 miles (64 km) on a charge and delivers over 20 horsepower, which is equivalent to a 250cc gas powered off-road motorcycle.
Recharging takes about three hours by plugging it into any wall socket. The batteries power pack weighs about 35 lb and can also be swapped on the fly. They will last between 3 to 5 years.
Built with aircraft-grade aluminum the Zero electric motorcycles weigh less than 120 lb (55 kg) and can accelerates from 0 to 50 miles per hour (80 km/hr) very fast.
The ZDrive motor operates for long periods without overheating and requires virtually no maintenance.
The Zero electric motorbike has an on-board computer system, the ZBrain, which can be connected to a Windows operated computer through an USB cable and can be configured to run gently or like a racing motorbike.
It will also perform well in the dirt, on the road, and on rugged back-country terrain.
The Zero electric motorbike is an interesting alternative for those who wants to commute cheaply and the manufacturing company might consider different designs for those who may prefer a less sporty monster.
Source: Zero Electric Motorcycle