'Whisper-quiet but wickedly fast.' - Zero Motorcycles
That’s how ZERO describes riding one of their 2016 all-electric line of motorcycles. I think the same can be said for just about any electric vehicle. It used to be that EV’s were seen as chunky, inefficient experimentations.
Today EV’s offer a glimpse of the future, as one ZERO customers put it, ‘...where gasoline engines feel frankly archaic’. ZERO is helping redefine what it means to own an electric vehicle, beginning with a bike that looks ahead of its time and finishing with a 0-60 of 3.3 seconds.
A technology outpacing the competition, and itself
To top it off, ZERO has been able to rapidly improve their technology, dropping the price along the way. In comparison to petrol bikes, Zero, and other electric bike manufacturers have been making leaps and bounds in just about every area.
For example in 2011, a ZERO motorbike achieved:
- Top Speeds of 67mph (107km/h)
- Torque of 44 ft-lb (59.7 N-m)
- Horsepower of 25 hp (18.6 kW)
- Range of 43 Miles (69km)
- Max Capacity of 4.4kwh
Now, for any motorbike enthusiast, those numbers aren’t too exciting. However, today the ZERO SR blows away most petrol-powered motorcycles and is miles ahead of where ZERO was 5 years ago.
The ZERO SR is capable of achieving in 2016:
- Top Speeds of 102 mph (164 km/h)
- Torque of 106 ft-lb (144 Nm)
- Horsepower of 67 hp (50 kW)
- Range of 161 Miles (259 km)
- Max Capacity of 13kWh
When you consider that this bike accelerates just 0.5 seconds slower than free fall, its hard not to be blown away by the progress electric vehicles have made.
GAS2 reported that ZERO also improved their brakes and shocks in 2014, dropping the price $400 as they went. In 2015, ZERO dropped the price on their bikes another $1350.
This is all thanks to the way renewable technology rapidly improves over time. Battery efficiency continues to outdo itself, as well as petrol engines, time and time again.
Out of nowhere, electric vehicles have changed the game and are in some ways becoming a day to day experience.
In fact, right now the fastest production bike, and the fastest four-door sedan are both electric vehicles.
It won’t be long before the world’s fastest hypercar is a fully electric vehicle.
Combining EV’s with Solar + Batteries
With home battery storage, a ZERO bike can be recharged at home, achieving up to 85km (53 miles) of range for every hour of charge. It's things like this that make EV's so attractive, plus their silent but undeniable speed.
Similar to your laptop or smartphone, ZERO bikes provide a way to gain independence from oil and energy companies.
This means that ZERO bikes have an average running cost of $0.01USD per km if you are still buying your electricity from energy providers, that is.
Chances are most people who are interested in an electric bike, would also be savvy in regards to making the switch to solar.
With solar power or even solar + batteries, ZERO bikes could theoretically have a running cost of $0.00.
Imagine being able to go for a ride without worrying about the cost, or having to fill up at a petrol station.
It is this seamless, easy to use, yet ultimately powerful experience that renewable technologies are providing people around the world.
Be it through driving down their electricity bills with solar, storing energy and finding independence with batteries, or driving petrol-less vehicles for next to nothing.
In combination, you can eliminate your utility bills and the cost of petrol, something that is on all our minds every time we jump in the driver’s seat.
As a final note, in the spirit of ZERO's ferocity, anyone who still feels like electric vehicles or even solar energy are underdeveloped technologies, probably haven’t felt their understated power.