Portland, Oregon — The Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle officially went on sale at a Best Buy store in Portland, Oregon on July 12, 2009, and the Zero S Electric Motorcycle is shortly to be available as well.
The Zero S is easy to handle and comparable to a 250cc. It weighs 225 pounds, and 80 pounds of that is the battery. The suspension because is solid. “Its configuration is what’s called a supermoto style. It’s got very long travel suspension, and our idea there is for an urban motorcycle you may need to climb stairs or jump curbs. It’s got the kind of suspension that can handle that kind of rough riding,” says Zero’s CEO Gene Banman.
The zero-emission, electric motorcycle charges off of a 110V plug for four hours, or about 50 miles of driving. “This type of battery loves being topped off. There’s no memory in the battery so the more you keep it charged the better.” points out Banman.
According to Zero’s CEO: “The advantages of electric: You don’t have oil changes or tune ups–basically no service required on the drive train at all. It’s very inexpensive to run, about a penny a mile. And the motor and the battery last the life of the motorcycle. So we think having multiple players in the market is good for everybody. Their bike is built to a different configuration than ours so it’ll appeal to a different kind of customer.”
The Zero S sells for $9,950 with a 10% tax credit, which brings the price to about $8,950. It can be ordered directly from the Zero S Web site or by phone, with a shipping charge of $500. Visit a local representative to take the S for a test drive before purchase.
Source: Fast Company