The Zero XU — electric commuter motorcycle with a removable battery pack

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The Zero XU — electric motorcycle with a removable pack

If you’re going to be an adopter and get yourself an electric one thing you’ll need to get to is charging the bike more or whenever you’re not riding it. If power outlets where you or the boss lets you bring the into the office, that’s no – but if not, you might struggle to an accessible spot to plug in.

is where the latest addition to the Motorcycles 2011 lineup come in very handy; the XU is the first Zero streetbike one of the only electric commuters seen) that allows you to remove the battery and charge it from the bike. Great but we wonder how it will work in

Zero Motorcycles is churning out pretty impressive early electrics – this California supermoto-style roadbike lineup now three bikes, the S, the dual-sport DS and the new XU.

All are very lightweight, punchy and fun to ride – look for our upcoming test on the Zero S in the next few – all feature zero local and all have enough battery to easily dispatch with the city commute.

But while the S and DS are monsters geared at maximum and capable of freeway speeds, the new XU has a more inner-urban focus; distances, sub-50mph speeds and low

At US$7,995, the XU is some $2000 than its S and DS brothers. And with the being the most expensive of any current electric motorcycle, where the savings are taken Instead of the S’s 4.4kWh pack, the XU gets a 2kWh power pack lifted from the Zero MX motocrosser.

the S and DS, however, the battery pack is And with the optional extra charging kit, that you can separate your battery from the spot where you or garage your bike.

Since the electric motorcycle experience right now more or centers around charging, could be a huge benefit. with the S model’s larger you feel compelled to plug it in you park it – and that means you have to bring the bike squeezing it through doorframes not wide enough for big motocross or wedging it diagonally into

Being able to easily the battery would make a lot easier in many cases. But it a few issues of its own.

For starters, packs are expensive — expensive — which them prime targets for For this reason, the S and DS streetbikes their batteries tightly in the frame — in fact, it the best part of an hour to get the pack out of a Zero S.

The XU’s chassis (also from the MX dirtbike) is designed to easy access to its battery — once you get past an locking bar. You’d the locking bar features thicker than the rest of the machine’s frame, or else it might be a of 20 minutes with a good

Secondly, a 2kWh battery is not a light thing to carry Think about how heavy a car battery is — the Zero is considerably larger and just as So you’d want to be sure able to lift it before you yourself to lugging it upstairs day.

Either that, or get a small

Zero seems to be leading the in electric motorcycles (at least, in the world). The company is now shipping to a of countries, and selling in reasonable With a focus on light and great handling, Zero to have hit the right balance of fun performance and affordability to tempt a of early adopters into the first wave of the electric revolution.

The XU is an interesting and potentially very addition to the 2011 range, we forward to seeing how it works. the image gallery for a stack of detail images.


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