You may have heard that the Government committed to an extra £381 million in funding to local authorities across the UK to further build the charging infrastructure.
Zero Motorcycles feels that with announcements like this, and more accessible bikes like the 11Kw range, it might be an appropriate time to shift car drivers on to two wheels to beat congestion and take control of their commute.
And now for a heads up in case you are unaware: Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero Motorcycles combines Silicon Valley technology with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative riders around the world. Backed by 15-plus years of innovation and iteration, Zero Motorcycles possesses an unprecedented combination of industry-leading power, traction and revolutionary ‘smart bike’ technology.
The newly-introduced S and DS models boast an impressive 14.4kWh battery, delivering unmatched power and torque for their segment. With an uncomplicated twist of the throttle, riders can revel in the excitement generated by 97lb-ft of torque, propelling you to a top speed of 86mph – a performance exceeding expectations for a learner-legal motorcycle. The five pre-loaded riding modes, customisable through Zero’s intuitive NextGen app and dash interface, amplify the rider’s control. Enhanced by fully adjustable Showa suspension, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, Bosch-developed ABS braking, and Zero’s cutting-edge Cypher III+ operating system, the 2024 Zero S and DS promise an approachable yet adrenaline-pumping experience every time you hit the road.
Should you be concerned about running out of power, then fear not. Flexibility is paramount with various charging options, be it at home, work, or any compatible charging station, including a standard 3-pin wall socket. Assuage your fears—with a city range of up to 154 miles on a single full charge, the S and DS models empower you to commute with confidence. Delivering 11kW of continuous power, compliant with A1 licence regulations, these models offer a ride without the need for a full motorcycle test. Priced at £15,300 for the Zero S and £16,200 for the Zero DS (plus on-the-road charges), the former boasts a new White-Silver colourway, while the latter dons a Quicksilver livery.
For urban adventurers, the FX and FXE beckon. Infused with 78lb-ft of torque and a city range of 105 miles on a full charge, these futuristic, lightweight electric motorcycles (at just 140kg) effortlessly elevate the everyday commute into a thrilling journey. Charge up at home or the office using a standard 3-pin socket and redefine mastery over your daily travel.
According to Umberto Uccelli, Managing Director, EMEA: “These new models solidify Zero Motorcycles’ position as the leading electric motorcycle brand. With just a CBT, car drivers can take advantage of an excellent price to get riding a real motorcycle with real performance. Zero Motorcycles truly has a motorcycle for every level of motorcyclist.”
To embark on this electrifying journey, car drivers need only undergo an affordable and readily-available CBT assessment. Upon completion, riders can use an A1 motorcycle on public roads, subject to provisional licence restrictions—displaying L plates, avoiding pillion passengers, and refraining from motorway rides.
So, if you’re on four wheels and fancy losing two of them, or are keen to experience riding an electrified bike, then it’s worth paying a visit to your nearby Zero Motorcycles dealership and delve into the extraordinary realm of the Zero S, DS, FX, and FXE.
TBH, having said all of that, I have never had the opportunity to test ride an electric motorbike. Now that’s some admission as a motorcycling journalist. Just let me give Zero a quick call…
You can find your nearest dealer here: https://zeromotorcycles.com/en-gb/dealer-locator