zero motorcycleOur socks, they are knocked off.

Zero Motorcycles has just revealed its 2013 lineup and we expect that after checking out the changes, you will be as impressed as we are. Featuring significant advancements that make the entire range go faster, farther, and charge quicker, the company's all-electric bikes may have just crossed that line that separates toys from tools.

At first glance, the improvements seem incremental. But, go beyond the seductive aesthetics and look at the specs, you'll realize they are anything but. Within the heart of every bike is a new, Zero-designed motor that beats with twice the potential power of previous machines, receiving life-giving electrons at a much higher voltage from more energy-intensive battery packs. In the top-end S and DS models, this results in a quicker bike with a max speed of 95 miles per hour and a real-world possible range of over 100 miles in the city.

The 2013 models also charge up those bigger batteries faster. If using a 110 or 220 outlet, the fill-up rate is 25 percent quicker than previously, allowing the 11.4-kWh configuration to go from empty to full in 7.9 hours. Add the optional CHAdeMO accessory though, and you can get to 95 percent in an hour while plugged into a DC fast charger. And, if your budget allows for extra batteries, quick swapping is possible in all but the S and DS bikes.

Also new for 2013 is smart phone integration. Along with an accessory to mount your device to the bike, Zero has produced an app for iPhones and Androids that allows you to not only track information from the motorcycle via Bluetooth, but alter performance characteristics as well. How cool is that?

Scroll down and we'll give you a look at each bike, along with a summary of its improvements, followed by the official press release.

2013 Zero FX

The Zero FX is a new model for 2013, replacing the Zero X, and reveals an interesting battery strategy for the three models that share the 17-lb frame. The FX, XU and MX are each available with either a single 2.8-kWh module or a pair (giving them 5.7 kWh). The batteries are lockable and under-a-minute swappable.

With both batteries on board, the FX packs the power of 44 ponies and offers up 70 lb-ft of twist. Combined with its relatively light weight (275 lbs), it is said to be the quickest Zero and can hit 85 mph. Range is give as 70 miles city (UDDS), 31 miles at 70 mph and 44 miles at 55 mph.

2013 Zero S

Zero DS motorcycle

The 2013 Zero S, like its dual-sport brother, has had its bodywork massaged and its frame tweaked. Offering 54 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque, the motor is now a stressed member of that frame for increased rigidity and better handling, and will pull all the way up to 95 mph. The S comes in either an 8.5- or 11.4-kWh configuration with the bigger battery said to be good for 137 miles in the city on the optimistic UDDS cycle. That translates into 70 miles at 70 mph or 85 miles at 55 mph.

With a stronger, stiffer swingarm outback and adjusted geometry up front, it now also comes with a 2-up seat and an extra set of footpegs for passengers. Like the entire 2013 Zero lineup, it now features Nissin brakes for improved stopping performance.

2013 Zero DS

The Zero DS is the machine for mixing your street riding with quality time on the trails. While it comes with the same motor (and 95-mph top speed!) and battery options as it street-bound brother, it also features more suspension travel and dirt-capable tires.

The added ride height and rolling resistance does take a toll on its range, though. Its UDDS city leash is shortened to 126 miles, while traveling at 70 mph yields 61 miles and 55 mph is good for 76 miles with the bigger battery.

2013 Zero XU
2013 zero xu motorcycle

The XU may be Zero's entry-level street bike but it has also been seriously upgraded. Like its siblings, it benefits from better bodywork and improved frame along with a new, wider front triple clamp and stronger swingarm. It also gets a new motor though it is the tamest of the bunch, putting out 28 hp and 42 lb-ft of torque. Still, that's good enough to get you up to 77 mph. The battery options and resulting range are the same as the FX.

2013 Zero MX
2013 zero mx

The first product from Zero Motorcycles was an off-road bike and the 2013 Zero MX continues that tradition in fine, furious fashion. It is, however, worlds away from where the brand started. Now full-size with 54 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque on tap, this thing is going to make some strong impressions with its easily modulated power delivery and 85-mph top speed.

Like the rest of the Zero bikes, its new sealed, no-maintenance motor allows for regenerative braking, which should help boost range as well as mimic the engine braking of gas bikes, allowing riders to more easily transition between the two.

Range for the MX depends largely on how it is being ridden. The 5.7-kWh arrangement could last for as long as 140 minutes while cruising trails or as short as 35 joyously intense minutes if it's being flogged mercilessly on a track.

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-- Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle Lineup Yet - Arriving in Dealerships January 2013 –

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 2, 2012) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world's longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such leaps in performance, Zero designed a revolutionary new Z-Force™ motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact. Integrated into every 2013 motorcycle, the motor operates using a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.

Nearly every element of each motorcycle has been refined to embody the sophisticated technology and elemental simplicity of riding a Zero. From highly innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling, the 2013 lineup is impressive at every level. Using Bluetooth, riders can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. Riders will appreciate the sleek new bodywork on the Zero S and Zero DS, which includes neatly integrated storage in the "tank" area and flows elegantly into a comfortable two-tier seat. To accommodate the new look and advanced powertrain, Zero 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."

Among the many highlights of the 2013 lineup, Zero Motorcycles 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 hp and a low weight of only 275 lbs. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, now features the world's first truly modular 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. With increased range, vastly improved handling and impressive power, the now full-sized Zero MX is capable of comfortably launching off significantly larger jumps at the motocross track.

Continuing a design philosophy of "sophisticated simplicity" for 2013, Zero Motorcycles focused on maximizing the exhilaration of riding and minimizing needless complexity. The new Z-Force motor and overall powertrain is completely air-cooled on account of its highly efficient and innovative design. With instant torque, a nearly silent belt-driven system and no shifting, riders need only focus on enjoying the ride. For the owner, there is no routine powertrain maintenance and the "fuel" cost is only a penny a mile. Whether a longtime rider or someone who is just getting into motorcycles, the Zero Motorcycles 2013 lineup offers consumers exciting new reasons to go for a ride.

Pricing information: Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships. Each street-legal motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty, while the Zero MX comes with a one year limited warranty. Initial deliveries will commence in January 2013 for North America and in February 2013 for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on Oct. 2, 2012, from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model. The pricing for each model is below.

Zero S
* MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**

* MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero DS
* MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**

* MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero FX
* MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**

* MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

Zero XU
* MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995* | €7,995** | £6,995**

* MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490* | €10,495** | £8,995**

Zero MX
* MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**

* MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

*MSRP in USD is identical to CAD. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI or road registration fees. **Includes Product, Shipping and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.

More on CHAdeMO
The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013. According to Nissan estimates, 2000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government electric vehicle infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.

About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the progress this company is making in their bikes. If this is the usual amount of advancement that occurs in their bikes every year they should do fine!
      Neutral President
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are handsome bikes! The new Zero S looks fanastic.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      VERY NICE!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        And when 2WM likes an electrically propelled 2-wheeler, the rest of us should take notice. I really like Zero. This update has seriously upped the game. Your move, Brammo.
      Andy Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      This epitomises the greatness of the EV industry. Whenever I get dismayed by lack of progress and disarray of some companies, I look to Zero. Silently moving along causing no fuss just producing evolving quality products and listening to feedback... If only I had £10k lying around I would instantly buy one
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Santa... What a great range of bikes. This is now serious. 'But about the chademo option. How long is the 0-80 time?
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would think a small pack could charge faster than an hour from Chademo. It must be relatively slow batteries.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        That is not how it works. Each cell can only take in so much energy per amount of time. Li-ion Battery packs get bigger and smaller, NOT by increasing the capacity of each cell.. but by increasing the number of cells. So larger packs can charge just as fast as smaller packs, since they simultaneously charge each cell. This has limits of course based on wiring, heat management, and the ability of the DC charger. In fact, a smaller battery may fill up slower since there heat management is more difficult on smaller packs, since the surface area for heat extraction (air or liquid cooling) is smaller.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Zero claims that even the ZF2.8 models charge in 1 hour. It's possible that quick-charging is harder on them, though. One nice thing about the electric bikes.. CHAdeMO charging for the ZF11.4 results in a charge speed of about 70 miles charged per hour (70 mph). CHAdeMO charging for the Nissan Leaf results in a charge speed of around 124 miles per hour, but it requires about 4 times the power to do this. The ZF11.4 is only scratching the surface of CHAdeMO's power. With a battery that can moare aggressively accept charge (like Toshiba's SCiB), you could charge a 10 kWh battery in about 15 minutes, giving a charge speed of around 250-280 miles per hour. Ride for an hour, charge for 15 minutes.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very nice bikes! I thought they were going to completely revise the frame for the S and DS this year though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Dominick for mentioning the UDDS EPA cycle. Too many blogs and journalists have been ignoring that disclaimer when they report mileage claims. And the automakers have been getting blamed for it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was on Intermot yesterday - I own a 2012 S ZF9 and I talked to Richard, the new CEO, a few months past as he took the role for CEO and talked to 50 customers (I was one) on the phone to get direct feedback. EVERY small thing I told him has been fixed: no storage space -> now standard on the "tank" crappy of the line performance -> fixed with more power charging speed way too slow -> faster, and the 1hour chademo option is impressive charging indicator hardly readable -> at the side now, easy to check charge port location fail -> at the side too now, better accessible and weather proof speed/eco settings not customizable -> amazing smartphone app with BT Link, played with it - it rocks! ugly rear fence everybody removes after buy -> everything looks better including this fence no footpegs for 2nd rider (still waiting for my order :((( in germany no delivery yet) -> standard now I am totally amazed by the bikes AND the guys there - talked for 1 hour to all booth people, remember Richard (CEO) and Abe (CTO) being very open to my feedback. I am totally looking forward to testdrive the new models and a bit in regret for my "too soon" purchase of the 2012 S :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish to buy quite a few but the SIngapore Government has yet to Evaluate Electric Driven Motorcycles (I wish to make available for Chennai ,India as well). So I would like a trial to be sent to LTA[Land Transport Authority Do please allow me a 2013 ZERO DS for submission to Singapore Government for evaluation] I really would like the new Regenerative Charging System to be employed (recently first patented in Singapore) to be incorporated. and also perhaps to Chennai, India where fuel prices are high you may also moot the Electric Motorcycle Idea to my compaany in India [Eyeball Group, Eyeball House, #30-32 Subramaniam Street, Ambiramapuram, Chennai 600018, India Tel +91 44 4567 1150 Managing Director G. Sakthivel Hp +91 9940040004]. We wish to encommpass clean green and no fuel using transport.I have yet to receiver eyeball email address)
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