Photo by Victoria Sprung
The thing that really shocked me was that I didn’t realize that the bike was idling throughout my entire interview with Mike! It was completely silent. It didn’t shake or give off fumes, or any of the other nasty things that might be associated with a gas powered cycle. A+ for reduction of noise pollution! Statistics on the Zero Motorcycle website say that the low volume power means that the bike produces only 1/100th of the smog causing nitrous oxides when compared to growling gas guzzlers.
Now for what everyone wants to know: how much does it cost? At $9,950, the Zero S is competitively priced with other electric bikes and also qualifies for the recently approved 10% Federal plug-in vehicle tax credit (a sales tax deduction) as well as other rebates in select states. Operating costs are approximated at less than one cent per mile. Zero S’s Lithium-manganese battery is custom-built and accounts for 50% of the machine’s overall price tag. The proprietary Z-Force™ technology is encased almost entirely in copper, which is intended to disperses cell-damaging heat 5 times more effectively than most steel housing units, and therefore have a longer battery life.
Lead photo by Victoria Sprung