Photo Release -- Zero Motorcycles Delivers 2013 Model Line With Double the Horsepower, Over 130 Miles Range and a CHAdeMO Accessory to Recharge in Around an Hour

Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle Lineup Yet - Arriving in Dealerships February 2013

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LONDON, Oct. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99% 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-ForceTM 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-ForceTM power pack. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95% in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to Europe in February 2013.

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Nearly every element on 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 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 you 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 February."

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 (95 Nm) of torque, 44 hp (33 kW) and a low weight of only 275 lbs (125 kg). 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-ForceTM 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 long-time 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% 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 for North America and in February for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on October 2nd from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model. The Recommended Retail Price for each model is below.

Zero S

  • RRP: £11,695* for the ZF8.5 and £13,495* for the ZF11.4

Zero DS

  • RRP: £11,695* for the ZF8.5 and £13,495* for the ZF11.4

Zero FX

  • RRP: £7,995* for the ZF8.5 and £9,995* for the ZF5.7

Zero XU

  • RRP: £6,995* for the ZF8.5 and £8,995* for the ZF5.7

Zero MX

  • RRP: £7,995* for the ZF8.5 and £9,995* for the ZF5.7

*Includes Shipping to a dealer and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.

More on CHAdeMO: The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013. According to Nissan estimates, 2000 fast chargers will be installed in the US by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government EV infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.

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 preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

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