California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) has a well-known fondness for motorcycles. Plus, he's also a big fan of the electrification of the automobile. As such, it would seem that Arnold and Zero Motorcycles, California-based manufacturer of some of the best electric bikes available, are a natural fit for one another.
It's not surprising, then, that Governor Schwarzenegger was on hand to promote Zero Motorcycles when he recently announced that his state would be offering a $1,500 rebate off the purchase price of qualifying electric motorcycles. For those keeping track, that means the Zero DS dual sport motorcycle and the Zero S supermoto will now be available to California residents at the price of $7,495 after the $1,500 California Clean Vehicle Program rebate and ten percent federal tax credit.
Said Governor Schwarzenegger:
See the official press release and a video from Zero after the break, and be sure to check out our image gallery below.Zero electric motorcycles are very important technology and this is great for California because this is an ideal place to ride motorcycles... I love the financial side of these motorcycles because they cost less then one cent per mile to operate and you get a 10% federal tax credit plus a California rebate of $1,500. That equates to a 25 percent price reduction making these electric motorcycles affordable for anybody. It's part of our overall strategy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020.