For those of you who had been hoping to get your hands on a new 2008 Zero X electric motorcycle, we have some bad news. They are all sold out. Now, the good news is that a new revised-for-'09 model will be making its first appearance at the Alt Car Expo in Santa Monica, California, on September 26-27. Of course, we'll be there, on the lookout for all the coolest greenery at the show. We'll need to wait until then to find out what changes have been made, but the press release after the break makes it sound like a thorough upgrade with changes to the frame, suspension, brakes and electric drivetrain. Specs indicate 23-horsepower and just 145-pounds to move around, plus rider. That should get things going pretty briskly. Want one? Don't worry, the new bike is scheduled to begin shipping next month, so the wait shouldn't be too terribly long.
[Source: Zero Motorcycles]
Zero Motorcycles to Announce '2008 Zero X Electric Motorcycle Sold Out'
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008 - Zero Motorcycles, the leading electric motorcycle manufacturer, plans to announce at this year's Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo (Alt Car Expo) that the company's 2008 Zero X electric motorcycle has sold out. This success is a landmark moment for the electric vehicle and green movement. For the first time a vehicle with a 'light footprint' has blazed a discernable new path. Adding to the excitement is the world debut of Zero Motorcycles' 2009 Zero X. Zero will be displaying the pre-production model of its all-electric dirt bike at Alt Car in Santa Monica, California, on September 26-27th. In addition to the exclusive preview, media and interested consumers are invited to demo the 08 Zero X at the event.
The 08 Zero X exceeded all expectations for the first American-Made dirt bike and the 09 is already doing the same. Even before the announcement, the company has hundreds of people waiting for the next model. Fortunately, they will not have to wait long. The 09 Zero X will ship next month, October 2008.
"Zero Motorcycles is excited to unveil the 09 Zero X pre-production model at the Alt Car Expo because it's the perfect venue to share our products' evolution," said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles. "After the hugely successful launch of the 08 Zero X dirt bike, we challenged many of our current customers and industry experts to suggest ways to make it even better. All of this culminated with the latest upgrades reflected in our 09 version."
This latest iteration of the Zero X is designed to be stronger, faster, and more durable in the most demanding terrain. Improvements start with a beefier drivetrain and work their way out from there. To handle the more aggressive riding opportunities that the 09 Zero X opens up, they have made upgrades to the brakes, handlebars, front and rear suspension, rear wheel and more.
The Zero X Electric Motorcycle is a no-compromise dirt bike that utilizes lithium-ion technology to deliver surprising power and explosive acceleration. With a 23 horsepower electric motor and a total weight of 145 pounds, the Zero X can keep pace with a conventional 250cc off-road motorcycle -- without the conventional problems of noise and pollution. Using the Zero X, riders can enjoy their surroundings without trashing them. This is made possible by using advanced electrical technology and by leaving a minimal physical footprint on the trail.
The Alt Car Expo will take place at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, September 26-27. Guests in attendance will have an opportunity to demo the 08 Zero X first-hand and be the first to view the production model of the 09 Zero X.