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2012 Zero S ZF9 Review
Imagine instant torque and power from a standstill. Imagine smooth acceleration
as you throttle out of turns. Then, imagine never needing to stop at a gas
station or be burdened with any scheduled powertrain maintenance. Not only
is this possible
its available now.
Developed to aggressively take on urban environments while encouraging occasional detours to your favorite stretch of back country twisties, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. The result is a high performance motorcycle with one of the lowest costs of ownership ever. Zero Motorcycles all-new Z-Force power pack and powertrain have been beefed up and now offer regenerative capability. The bottom line: the Zero S goes faster and farther than ever before.
Whether stealthily accelerating onto the highway or out of the turns, the Zero S is uniquely designed to deliver a sensation unlike any other on the road today. Are you ready?
2012 Zero S ZF9 Key Features
What's new for 2012
The Zero S is the worlds first available mass-produced electric motorcycle
capable of exceeding 100 miles on the EPAs UDDS range test. The entirely
revamped Zero S features a completely new powertrain that includes a brushless
motor capable of achieving speeds of up to 88 mph, new state of the art battery
cell technology, regenerative deceleration and a power pack that is designed
to last the life of the motorcycle. Offering customers the ability to select
the range they need, the new ZF6 and ZF9 power pack configurations give riders
the ability to respectively achieve 76 miles and 114 miles according to the
EPA UDDS. Highlighting the new powertrain is sleek new venting and bodywork
to keep the maintenance free and air cooled system operating at moderate temperatures.
Revised frame geometry, new optimized Zero designed rotors and a larger front
brake master cylinder give the Zero S better handling and more stopping power
than ever before.
The 2012 Zero S is visually distinct from its predecessors with new additions to the bodywork, components and graphics. Built around a black high-end aircraft grade aluminum frame, it is the first and only model to feature Zeros newly designed and optimized cast wheels. Refining the appearance of the front end, the Zero S now features a more contemporary headlight that gives the overall motorcycle a sleek new look.
2012 Zero S ZF9 Features and Benefits
Game Changing Z-Force Technology: 100+ Mi Range / 300,000+ Mi on a Power Pack
The 2012 Zero S leverages a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration. Not only does the ZF9 power pack enable riders to go beyond 100 miles, it is also designed to last the life of the motorcycle. The result of cutting edge research and development, each cell in the power pack is individually controlled and monitored at all times to ensure maximum health. The integrated onboard charger minimizes charge time and can work in parallel with Zero's quick charge accessories to cut charge times by as much as 75%. What's this all mean? Simply put, the Zero S is the leader for production electric motorcycles in acceleration, range, recharge time and longevity.
- Available in two configurations: ZF6 (76 mi) and ZF9 (114 mi)
- State of the art new power pack configurations and cell chemistry
- Cells last 3,000 full charge-discharge cycles before hitting 80% capacity, yielding as much as 308,000 miles on the original power pack
- Up to 95% higher energy density power packs that yield significant range and performance advantages
- Elegant new low resistance and highly robust cell interconnect technology
- New battery management system with enhanced 24/7 cell monitoring and a 92% reduction in power consumption
- New, higher voltage power system that allows the motor to run cooler and with more RPMs than ever before
- Scalable quick-charge options available to cut recharge times by as much as 75%
- Isolated power systems and 12 volt system for running accessories
- Onboard charger that uses a specially developed charge profile
Brushless Motor and Regenerative Breaking: 88 mph Top Speed
A compact and powerful brushless motor provides riders with exhilarating acceleration to a top speed of 88 mph. Completely air cooled, the motor is designed to provide riders with years of fun minus the need for any regular maintenance. When slowing down, the motor works with a new brushless motor controller to recharge the power pack.
- Completely new maintenance-free, clean, forced-air cooled brushless motor
- Increased torque and broader power band for much stronger acceleration
- Regenerative braking recharges the power pack when decelerating
Frame and Bodywork: Lightweight and Stealthy
Aircraft grade aluminum is exclusively used in the construction of the lightweight and rigid Zero S twin spar frame. One look at the frame and it speaks for itself. It is aggressive, strong and one of the main reasons that the Zero S can take on anything in an urban environment. Designed to have a low center of gravity, the Zero S is highly maneuverable and responsive. The body is completed using bold new bodywork to give it a contemporary, aggressive and naked look. The 2012 frame is designed to accommodate a rider and passenger with an optional accessory.
- Frame and bodywork designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles
- Ability to accommodate a passenger with an optional accessory
- Better handling with refined frame geometry for 2012
- Extremely rigid and lightweight black twin spar aircraft grade aluminum frame
- Designed to have a low center of gravity for better maneuverability and responsiveness
- Sleek new headlight and turn signals
- New scoop for ventilating the fully air cooled powertrain
- New trunk-pan and belt guard
Wheels and Brakes: Robust and Responsive
The Zero S has completely new weight and strength optimized cast wheels for 2012. Developed specifically for the Zero S by Zero Motorcycles, the sporty new design represents Zero's first ever cast wheel. The Zero S also features more powerful brakes than ever before with a larger front master cylinder bore and new Zero designed rotors.
- Only model to feature Zero's new weight and strength optimized cast wheels
- Brakes are more precise, easier to modulate and require less effort
- Zero designed rotors for optimized performance and reduced unsprung weight
- Larger front master cylinder bore size for increased stopping power
- Steel braided lines for superior lever feel and more precise brake modulation
- High performance compound brake pads
Suspension: The Magic Ride
The suspension on the Zero S was developed by Zero to take advantage of the motorcycle's lightweight design. Its inverted front fork is among the lightest in the industry and can be externally adjusted to dial in compression and rebound damping. A rigid double diamond rear swing arm keeps the wheel planted using a custom rear shock with a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The smooth suspension combines with the silence of the powertrain to yield an exhilarating ride that needs to be experienced to be understood.
- Robust triple-clamps for improved bearing pre-loading and durability
- Specialized fork and shock internals
- Aluminum stanchions for reduced weight and superior control
- Unique double diamond aircraft grade aluminum rear swingarm for reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity
- Front adjustments: Compression and rebound damping
- Rear adjustments: Spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Dash and Controls: Focus on the Ride
The dash is designed by Zero to quickly and accurately provide information on speed, charge and motor temperature. For 2012, the Zero S allows riders to set the motorcycle's performance to either Sport or Eco.
- Sport / Eco switch to allow riders to select motorcycle performance
- New high intensity headlight
- Exceptionally accurate charge indicator
- New and innovative State of Charge (SOC) algorithm
- Ergonomic and durable switch gear (for operation of lights, turn signals, etc.)
- Keyed ignition switch and steering lock for improved security and peace of mind
- More comfortable seat to accommodate longer rides
Gearing: Maintenance Free Belt Drive
Featuring a clutchless direct drive, the Zero S is geared for rapid acceleration and increased efficiency. Using a maintenance free belt system, the Zero S is able to achieve minimal frictional losses. This increases its overall range and channels power more efficiently into speed. The result is a motorcycle that is quick and responsive.
- New maintenance free and virtually silent belt drive system
- Clutchless one speed that simplifies operation
- Geared for rapid acceleration and maximum efficiency
- Minimal maintenance
2012 Zero S ZF9 - Specifications and Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 13,995 USD
Europe MSRP Price: €13,995 Euro
City (EPA UDDS) 114 miles (183 km)
Highway (commuting, 70mph) 63 miles (101 km)
Type High efficiency, double-stator axial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor with integrated forced air cooling
Controller High efficiency, 420 amp, 3-phase brushless controller with re-generative deceleration
Top speed (max) 88 mph (142 km/h)
Top speed (sustained) 75 mph (121 km/h)
Type Z-Force patented Li-Ion intelligent power pack
Maximum capacity 9.0 kWh
Nominal capacity 7.9 kWh
Estimated pack life to 80% (city) 308,000 miles (495,000 km)
Charger type 1kW, integrated
Charge time (standard) 9.0 hours (100% charged) / 8.0 hours (95% charged)
Quick 2x charger time (accessory) 4.9 hours (100% charged) / 4.0 hours (95% charged)
Quick 3x charger time (accessory) 3.1 hours (100% charged) / 2.7 hours (95% charged)
Quick 4x charger time (accessory) 2.4 hours (100% charged) / 2.0 hours (95% charged)
Input Standard 110V or 220V
Transmission Clutchless one speed
Final drive 132T / 28T, Poly Chain® GT® Carbon belt
Chassis / Suspension / Brakes
Front suspension 38mm inverted forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Direct-link shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front suspension travel 5.51 inches (140 mm)
Rear suspension travel 5.85 inches (149 mm)
Front brakes 2 piston hydraulic, 310x4 mm floating disc
Rear brakes 1 piston hydraulic, 220x4 mm disc
Front tire 110/70-17
Rear tire 130/70-17
Front wheel 3.00x17
Rear wheel 3.50x17
Wheel base 56.6 inches (1438 mm)
Seat height (standard) 32.8 inches (832 mm)
Low seat height (accessory) 30.8 inches (781 mm)
Rake 23.1 degrees
Trail 3.0 inches (76 mm)
Frame 22 pounds (10 kg)
Curb weight 341 pounds (155 kg)
GVWR 681 pounds (309 kg)
Carrying capacity 340 pounds (154 kg)
Typical cost to charge $0.95
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 487 MPGe (0.48 liters/100km)
Equivalent fuel economy (highway) 273 MPGe (0.86 liters/100km)
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Imagery may not reflect most current product specifications. Zero Motorcycles reserves the right to make improvements and/or design changes without any obligation to previously sold, assembled or fabricated equipment.
2012 Zero S ZF9 - Press Release
ZERO MOTORCYCLES DELIVERS 2012 MODEL LINE WITH OVER 100 MILES RANGE,
MORE POWER AND NEW LIFE OF MOTORCYCLE POWER PACK
Game-Changing New Motorcycles to Begin Shipping in February 2012
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (November 8, 2011) Zero Motorcycles today announced its 2012 model line that includes a revolutionary new powertrain, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a power pack designed to last the life of the motorcycle and top speeds of up to 88 mph. Stealthy looking and contemporary, every model has been transformed to be faster, go further and, in the spirit of all two wheeled enthusiasts, to be more fun than ever before. Innovating at an exceptional pace, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin delivery of its complete 2012 model line in February 2012. This will mark the first time in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers to own.
Zeros new Z-Forcetm power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All Zeros on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.
The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge, said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers.
The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Perhaps more importantly, both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zeros lineup of street models just about the worlds easiest to own form of transportation.
If you are interested in opening up new off-road riding possibilities with a nearly silent dirt bike, Zero has two models that are better looking and faster than ever before to meet your needs. For 2012, Zero streamlined its off-road model line. The Zero X, designed for trail riding, is now exclusively available with lights and is street-legal. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it now uses the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX. Built for motocross riding and now exclusively available for off-road only, the Zero MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher top speeds. Both off-road models have a bold new design that speaks to their more aggressive and longer lasting powertrain.
Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, is sometimes applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through dealerships and, in states or countries without dealerships, sells motorcycles through its website. Each motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty and will begin shipping in February. Zero and its dealers will accept pre-orders from customers who would like to secure a new 2012 electric motorcycle. The complete pricing for each model is below.
MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
MSRP: $7,695* | €7,695**
MSRP: $9,945* | €9,945**
MSRP: $9,495* | €9,495**
*Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping, and VAT. Does not include PDI or 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.