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2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser
2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser


2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser Review

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser

The Zero XU blends industry leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban-crosser. A low seat height, no-shift operation and removable power pack allow riders of all kinds to enjoy pure exhilaration without all the hassles and maintenance that other motorcycles require.

The Zero XU is an innovative, lightweight, electric motorcycle that blends industry-leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban commuter and allaround fun motorcycle. A low seat height, zero-shift operation and removable modular power pack technology allow riders of all kinds to navigate the city with a new kind of freedom.

Ride the way you want. Roll on the throttle, relax and leisurely wind your way from one destination to the next. Or… take full advantage of instant and seamless acceleration at any RPM. Designed for utility and pure enjoyment, the Zero XU transforms the city into a motorcycle amusement park.

Built around Zero’s lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum frame, the Zero XU is styled to be minimalistic, strong, eye-catching and comfortable. As with Zero’s entire model line, the 2013 Zero XU costs only cents to recharge and, with its maintenance-free powertrain, is one of the most economical motorcycles to own and operate.

Pricing and Warranty

The Zero XU starts at $7,995 MSRP for the ZF2.8 and $10,490 MSRP for the ZF5.7. Some countries or states may offer incentives. Financing may be available to qualifying customers at participating dealers. The motorcycle can be ordered from authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers and will begin shipping in the United States during January. The Zero XU comes with a 2-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.

AVAILABLE COLORS: RED

 


2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser Key Features

What’s New for 2013 – A Summary

• Revolutionary Z-Force™ motor increases power by up to 125%
• Zero S and Zero DS have 54 hp and 68 ft-lbs of torque
• Top speed of 95 mph on the Zero S and Zero DS
• Every model offers dramatically increased torque and a broader power band resulting in exceptional acceleration
• Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world’s most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed
air-cooled motor
• Requires no routine maintenance and operates at such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
• Up to 137 miles range with completely new high voltage and high capacity Z-Force™ power pack technology
• Four new 102 Volt power pack configurations allowing customers to select the range that best meets their needs: 2.8 kWh,
5.7 kWh, 8.5 kWh, 11.4 kWh
• 25% faster charging rate on the Zero S and Zero DS using standard outlets
• Charge any motorcycle to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in 1 hour or less using an optional accessory
• World’s first fully modular Z-Force™ quick-swap technology allows riders to easily upgrade a Zero FX, Zero XU or Zero MX from 2.8 kWh to 5.7kWh in seconds
• New life of motorcycle cell technology offers a high cycle life and increased charge/discharge efficiency
• Introducing the Zero FX – New model for 2013
• Quickest acceleration of any electric motorcycle that Zero has ever offered
• 70 ft-lbs of torque and 44 hp with a low weight of just 275 lbs
• Designed to handle any urban terrain, off-road session or stealthy adventure
• Ample suspension and aggressive tires
• Powerful new Nissin braking systems across the entire lineup
• Smartphone integration and new Zero Motorcycles mobile app
• Bluetooth enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices
• Adjustable motorcycle performance to enable sportier or more economical riding
• Customizable display reports precise state of charge and real time power usage while riding
• Zero Motorcycles app will be available to download via Apple and Android app stores
• Refined and sophisticated new look with integrated storage
• Beautifully sculpted new bodywork and refined frame for the Zero S and Zero DS
• Integrated and lockable storage options across the entire model line
• LED tail light on the Zero S and Zero DS
• All black frames across the entire lineup
• New color options, completely revised graphics and sophisticated design highlights across all models
• New frames with completely revamped and improved rider interfaces
• Passenger accommodation standard on the Zero S and Zero DS
• Newly designed and comfortable two-up seat
• More robust and stiffer swing arms with adjustable rear axles
• More ergonomic frame geometry, handlebars and footpegs
• Motor is now a stressed member of the frame to increase stiffness for improved handling
• Zero MX is now full sized and capable of hitting 85 mph
• All motorcycles now feature regenerative braking that is adjustable via the new Zero Motorcycles app
• Zero DS now uses 19" front and 17" rear tires for improved off-road handling and greater aftermarket options
• New integrated components for improved "fit and finish," durability and reliability


 

 

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser Features and Benefits

The Zero XU powertrain has been entirely revamped for 2013 and, as with all 2013 Zero Motorcycles models, uses a new Z-Force™ motor. Offering 91% more torque and twice the power, the Zero XU gets around the city quickly with 81% more range that yields 76 miles of city riding. Now featuring the world’s first truly modular power pack system, the Zero XU is available in two configurations: ZF2.8 (one module), ZF5.7 (two modules). The lockable modules can be individually added or removed, regardless of state of charge, in less than a minute. As with the rest of the 2013 lineup, the Zero XU can be charged to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in an hour or less using an optional accessory.

From the new red bodywork to the revised black frame, the Zero XU now looks more contemporary. In addition, Nissin brakes, a new swingarm and wider triple clamps increase overall control and stiffness to improve ride quality. Offering a new level of personalization, the Zero XU works with mobile devices, via Bluetooth, to allow riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle.

Revolutionary Z-Force™ motor increases power by up to 100%
- Dramatically increased torque and a broader power band resulting in exceptional acceleration
- Up to 28 hp and 42 ft-lbs of torque
- Top speed of 77 mph
- Designed from the ground up by Zero Motorcycles to be the world's most efficient, powerful, compact, brushless and sealed aircooled motor
- Sophisticatedly simple "just ride" direct-drive system means no clutch, no shifting and no need to carry a heavy and complex transmission
- Requires no routine maintenance and operates with such high efficiency that it does not require any complex cooling system
- Up to 76 miles range with innovative new modular Z-Force™ power pack technology
- World's first fully modular Z-Force™ quick-swap technology allows riders to easily upgrade from 2.8 kWh (max) to 5.7kWh (max) in seconds
- Can be ridden with either one or two modules - allowing customers to purchase the motorcycle with one module and upgrade at any time
- Modules can be swapped in and out regardless of individual state of charge
- Charge either the ZF2.8 or ZF5.7 to 95% at CHAdeMO charging stations in 1 hour or less using an optional accessory
- New life-of-motorcycle cell technology offers a high cycle life and increased charge/discharge efficiency
- With an optional accessory the modules can be removed and charged anywhere
- Powerful new Nissin braking system
- Smartphone integration and new Zero Motorcycles mobile app
- Bluetooth enabled connectivity for both iPhone and Android mobile devices
- Adjustable motorcycle performance to enable sportier or more economical riding
- Customizable display reports precise state of charge and real time power usage while riding
- Refined and sophisticated new look with integrated storage option
- Refined frame and now sharing the sleek bodywork of the Zero MX and Zero FX
- Lockable storage option available in place of a second module
- All-black frame, red bodywork and completely revised graphics
- New frames with completely revamped and improved rider interfaces
- Wider triple clamp and front hub for improved cornering
- More robust, wider and stiffer swing arm with adjustable rear axle
- More ergonomic frame geometry, handlebars and foot pegs
- Motor is now a stressed member of the frame to increase stiffness for improved handling
- New integrated components for improved "fit and finish," durability and reliability


 


 

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser - North American Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: $7,995 MSRP for the ZF2.8 and $10,490 MSRP for the ZF5.7 USD
Canadian MSRP Price: $7,995 MSRP for the ZF2.8 and $10,490 MSRP for the ZF5.7 CDN

Z2.8
City/Highway/Combined range* 38/17/24 miles (61/27/39 km)
Max torque 42 ft-lb (57 Nm)
Max power 27 hp (20 kW) @ 4000 RPM
Top speed* 77 mph (124 km/h)
Power pack maximum capacity 2.8 kWh (expandable)
Estimated power pack life to 80% capacity (city) 95,000 miles (153,000 km)
Typical cost to recharge $0.30
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 512 MPGe (0.46 L/100 km)
Charge time, empty to 95% 3.7 hours
CHAdeMO charge time to 95% (acc.) 1 hour
Weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Seat height 31.1 inches (790 mm)
MSRP** $7,995.00

 

Z5.7
City/Highway/Combined range* 76/35/48 miles (122/56/77 km)
Max torque 42 ft-lb (57 Nm)
Max power 28 hp (21 kW) @ 4000 RPM
Top speed* 77 mph (124 km/h)
Power pack maximum capacity 5.7 kWh
Estimated power pack life to 80% capacity (city) 190,000 miles (306,000 km)
Typical cost to recharge $0.60
Equivalent fuel economy (city) 512 MPGe (0.46 L/100 km)
Charge time, empty to 95% 7.4 hours
CHAdeMO charge time to 95% (acc.) 1 hour
Weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Seat height 31.1 inches (790 mm)
MSRP** $10,490.00


 


 

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser - Press Release

ZERO MOTORCYCLES DELIVERS 2013 MODEL LINE WITH DOUBLE THE HORSEPOWER, OVER 130 MILES RANGE AND A CHAdeMO ACCESSORY TO RECHARGE TO 95 PERCENT IN ONE HOUR

-- Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle Lineup Yet - Arriving in Dealerships January 2013 –

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 2, 2012) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such leaps in performance, Zero designed a revolutionary new Z-Force™ motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact. Integrated into every 2013 motorcycle, the motor operates using a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.

Nearly every element of each motorcycle has been refined to embody the sophisticated technology and elemental simplicity of riding a Zero. From highly innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling, the 2013 lineup is impressive at every level. Using Bluetooth, riders can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. Riders will appreciate the sleek new bodywork on the Zero S and Zero DS, which includes neatly integrated storage in the ”tank” area and flows elegantly into a comfortable two-tier seat. To accommodate the new look and advanced powertrain, Zero redesigned the frames for every model with an emphasis on improving rider ergonomics and expanding compatibility with aftermarket accessories.

"With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This year's lineup offers breathtaking acceleration, new eye-catching designs and the innovative ability to customize the riding experience to each individual's preferences via a mobile application. We invite consumers to discover the experience of riding a 2013 model by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order. The new lineup arrives in January."

Among the many highlights of the 2013 lineup, Zero Motorcycles introduced the Zero FX as the ultimate “do anything” and “ride anywhere” urban rebel motorcycle. It is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company's lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 hp and a low weight of only 275 lbs. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, now features the world's first truly modular quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can now use one or two battery modules and can upgrade any of the previously mentioned models from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh in seconds. With increased range, vastly improved handling and impressive power, the now full-sized Zero MX is capable of comfortably launching off significantly larger jumps at the motocross track.

Continuing a design philosophy of "sophisticated simplicity” for 2013, Zero Motorcycles focused on maximizing the exhilaration of riding and minimizing needless complexity. The new Z-Force motor and overall powertrain is completely air-cooled on account of its highly efficient and innovative design. With instant torque, a nearly silent belt-driven system and no shifting, riders need only focus on enjoying the ride. For the owner, there is no routine powertrain maintenance and the “fuel” cost is only a penny a mile. Whether a longtime rider or someone who is just getting into motorcycles, the Zero Motorcycles 2013 lineup offers consumers exciting new reasons to go for a ride.

Pricing information: Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships. Each street-legal motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty, while the Zero MX comes with a one year limited warranty. Initial deliveries will commence in January 2013 for North America and in February 2013 for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on Oct. 2, 2012, from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model. The pricing for each model is below.

Zero S

MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero DS

MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero FX

MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

Zero XU

MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995* | €7,995** | £6,995**
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490* | €10,495** | £8,995**

Zero MX

MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

*MSRP in USD is identical to CAD. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.