Above is the first rendering of Zero Motorcycles new model: The Zero S. Because of the success Zero had with the off-road Zero X model, the company has decided to produce a street version. How fast can a lithium-powered electro-bike go? The published figures are 70mph top speed, 60-mile range and 50lb/ft torque. Sounds pretty impressive from an electric motor, and on top of that, it doesn’t look half bad.
Fifty lb/ft of torque is almost double that of some of the other major electro-bikes, including the Quantya Strada, and it means this bike should have fairly adequate acceleration. It’s an uncomplicated bike, with a single speed trans, meaning there will be no gears to shift or clutch jangle. Sounds like a dream come true for any city-dwelling eco-riders looking for a cool way to get to and a decrease the size of their carbon footprint. Zero Motorcycles is currently accepting $1,000 deposits on the Zero S. I’d have to hear the full price before I slap down a grand though.