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Zero DS: An electric commuter, on two

Plug-in electric cars been headline news for the part of a year, with the Leaf and Chevy Volt entering the market as production It’s an unfortunate reality mass-produced plug-in electric which have been to the public for almost three haven’t been received nearly as much mainstream-media

Take the Zero Motorcycles DS, the battery-electric model from the Cruz, Calif. manufacturer. at $9,995 (before applying a 10% tax credit) and costing less one penny per mile to operate, DS is a more affordable commuter than a pure-electric car. If a motorcyclist, it’s also a lot fun to ride.

Yet the DS is burdened with barriers to entry, most a price tag that is too high for it is. Zero says the DS is capable of a maximum of 50 miles per charge; riders who accelerate aggressively or who for sustained periods at the bike’s 67 mph will find that significantly compromised. Real-world yields 25 to 30 miles per charge.

Zero was kind enough to let me a DS for a weeklong loan so I could see how it in the real world. The DS is Zero’s sport model, capable of on and off road. But despite its copious of suspension travel (9 inches 10 inches front), I was only to test the DS on pavement because I in the urban sprawl of L.A. The restrictive range prevented me being able to get to any dirt draining its 4-kilowatt-hour lithium ion pack.

Popping a curb have required me to first an outlet, then wait hours for the DS to recharge.

Considering its range, Zero would be off reducing its off-road capability and the saddle, which is 35.5 tall. The bike is lightweight lbs.) and the saddle narrow that I was able to balance the when stopped, on the balls of my Still, in a time when mainstream motorcycle manufacturers are their saddles to lure the challenged and literally lower the bar to wannabe riders enter the — trying to boost that have been in decline for two solid years Zero’s decision to outfit its DS an NBA-style seat merely an additional barrier to entry for a that’s already saddled challenges.

The Zero DS‘ greatest is the fact that it is electric and zero emissions when But that is also its greatest making the bike too expensive for the value-oriented marketplace and preventing it being able to travel as far as would like. A maximum range mostly relegates the DS to status, and the commuter motorcycle is virtually nonexistent in the U.S. motorcycles are predominantly a discretionary and pursuit.

I got my start in motorcycles as a commuting 20 years ago, so the Zero DS me to those roots. My daily these days is about 14 round-trip. My first trip was work to my house, during I was pleased with the bike’s power delivery.

Electric reach maximum torque the the grip is twisted, so the power was without being so torque-y the ensuing wind blast to throw me off. It reached quickly, smoothly and without the to change gears, because the DS, all Zero bikes, is direct and lacks a transmission and clutch. I a top speed of 65 mph and kept it there for a three miles.

Unfortunately, the that indicates how much power is left does not real-time information. Its power of is about as reliable as a call to a hotline, at least it is when the is twisted. With the throttle open, the number of bars on the fuel gauge rapidly

Traveling three miles on a charge at top speed, my fuel dropped to less than It was only after I pulled off the and pulled up to a stop sign six miles of travel that the showed me what kind of I really had left. I had about 3/4 of a

This voltage sag phenomenon have to exist. The Nissan and Chevy Volt are far more in determining available power, so the is available. It just isn’t employed in the current incarnation of the DS.

Nor are brakes that help the batteries, or the more powerful AC induction motor being by the top competitors in electric motorcycle and most production electric The DS employs an air-cooled and brushed magnet DC motor, which is far expensive and produces an adequate of power for the cost.

Riders have to really to do the right thing to buy the Zero DS. I they have to really, want to. They need to in the green lifestyle. They to love motorcycles.

They to be tall.

I’m all of those

Zero DS

But buyers also have to the sort of cash that them to be early adopters. In the of the Zero DS, early adoption buying a technology that is almost from the moment the ink has on the check. Purchasing the DS as it currently is buying a piece of electrics’

The DS is fun and as affordable as possible considering available in the electric motorcycle at this moment, but this is a evolving category.

2010 Zero Motorcycles DS

price: $9,995*

Powertrain: 96-volt brushed DC motor, lithium-ion battery pack, one-speed

Maximum speed: 67 mph

range: 50 miles

Maximum 31

Maximum torque: 62.5

Curb weight: 270 lbs.

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