Zero Motorcycles has just announced it's added yet another model to its freshly-unveiled 2011 line-up, the Zero XU. Based on the off-road X frame, the XU gets its own body work and street-friendly componentry to create an "Urban Crosser" package with a removable battery for charging flexability. It's more than just the Zero X with street tires.
The new XU sits you down a couple inches closer to the road (a couple more with a low-seat option) than its dirt-friendly brothers and should give you more of the nimbleness necessary for the urban environment this machine calls home. The range is pegged at 25 miles (40 km) EPA UDDS with 30 miles (48 km) possible if you go real easy. We hear it's as quick off the line as the Zero MX and boasts a 51 mph (82 km/h) top speed. It comes with a built-in charger and powers up from empty in two hours or just 1.2 hours with the optional quick charger.
Price is set at the same $7,995 as the Zero X and the XU is eligible for the Federal tax credit if you throw down for a second two-KWh pack. Check out the raft of photos in the gallery below before making your way past the break for the official press release and music-free video of the Zero XU in its natural habitat.
[Source: Zero Motorcycles]
– 'Urban Crosser' Becomes First Street Motorcycle with a Removable Power Pack –
– for Riders without Access to Street Level Charging –
SANTA CRUZ, CA (March 1, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the Zero XU. A new model for the company, it marks the fifth to be added to the product line. With instant torque from zero rpm, no shifting, a low weight, a low seat height and a removable power pack, the Zero XU is designed to be the ideal electric motorcycle for those who live in the city. It leverages the time tested Zero X off-road platform for durability and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish new body.
Bringing Zero Motorcycles' product offerings to a new population, the Zero XU is the world's first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger. This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street-level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially non-stop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs. As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the Zero XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by approximately fifty percent to one hour. The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX can use their power packs interchangeably with the new Zero XU.
"We're excited to announce our fifth model for 2011. The Zero XU is ideal for those living and working in a city," said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. "With no shifting, quiet operation, comfortable ergonomics and optional onboard storage, riders of all experience levels are able to focus on simply enjoying the ride. Add to that the ability to remove the power pack and the Zero XU becomes the ultimate urban crosser."
The Zero XU starts at $7,995 MSRP. A Federal tax credit can be applied if purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer other incentives. To secure an order and take advantage of the current Federal incentive while it lasts, the Zero XU can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.
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 pre-eminent global electric motorcycle company.
For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to learn more about its complete motorcycle line including the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero MX and Zero X motorcycles, visit: www.zeromotorcycles.com