Earlier this month I got an up-close and personal look at a high performance green ride from Zero Motorcycles. Showcased at a gathering of the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA), the Zero S street bike was a crowd pleaser to this group of over 450 eco professionals from the windy city. We love that this bike is 100% electric powered, charges in under four hours, and is a top contender for performance and quality. Mike Mastrangelo, lifetime motorcycle enthusiast and also a distributor for Zero Motorcycles, was at the event and gave me the inside scoop about why he loved this bike so much that he went to work for the company.
Although Mastrangelo loves the green features of this pristine two-wheeler, the first thing he wanted to tell me about was how the bike feeds his need for speed. The bike gets up to 67mph, but as many would agree, this is perfect for an urban dweller. One charge will last up to 50 miles, but it can be conveniently plugged into any 110v or 220v outlet. Motorheads out there would probably like to know that the Zero S has fantastic handling with a 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 ft/lbs of torque, which is similar to a 250cc gas powered motorcycle.
I did not get to test drive the bike around the 96th floor of the Hancock building at the CCEA meeting this week, but Popular Science has a detailed test drive report for those looking for some more sensual feedback about the ride.