|Founded||Scotts Valley, California (2006 )|
|Headquarters||Scotts Valley, California, United States|
Zero Motorcycles Inc. is an American manufacturer of electric motorcycles. Formerly called Electricross, it was started in 2006 near Santa Cruz, California in Scotts Valley by Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer.
Zero makes a line of dirt bikes including the X and higher performance MX. They also produce street motorcycles, beginning with S in 2009. The S began shipping in volume in 2010, the first model year to include the Agni Motor, at which time the DS, a dual-sport model based on the S chassis became available. The XU, a smaller street bike with a removable battery, based on the same chassis as the Zero dirtbikes was introduced in 2011.
In 2012, Zero introduced the ZF9 Power Pack with the Zero S & DS models making them the first production electric motorcycles that can exceed an EPA-estimated 100 miles on a single charge. In January 2012, Pike's Research ranked Zero Motorcycles the highest among electric motorcycle manufacturers.
In 2013 the ZF power pack was increased to 11.4kWh, and in 2014 the optional 2.8kWh "power tank" became available. 2014 also saw the addition of the Zero-SR to the range, a higher performance version of the Zero-S incorporating more powerful controller electrics.
The 2015 models saw an increase in the battery pack size to 12.5kWh and the addition of ABS brakes as standard.
- "2011 Zero XU Review". Motorcycle.com. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- "Zero Motorcycles Tops Pike Pulse Research". Retrieved January 21, 2012.
- Zero Motorcycles Site
- Zero's founder gives video tour inside company headquarters (from faircompanies.com)
- Can a 2012 Zero S Electric Motorcycle Really Cover 100 Miles?