Zero Motorcycles adds 'urban crosser' to 2011 lineup

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Zero Motorcycles today announced the Zero XU, bringing the company’s lineup of electric motorcycles to five.

Designed for city use, the model uses the Zero X off-road platform and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish new body.

“Bringing Zero Motorcycles’ product offerings to a new population, the Zero XU is the world’s first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger,” the company says in a press release. “This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street-level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially nonstop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs.”

As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the Zero XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by about 50 percent to one hour. The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX can use their power packs interchangeably with the new Zero XU.

“We’re excited to announce our fifth model for 2011. The Zero XU is ideal for those living and working in a city,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “With no shifting, quiet operation, comfortable ergonomics and optional onboard storage, riders of all experience levels are able to focus on simply enjoying the ride. Add to that the ability to remove the power pack and the Zero XU becomes the ultimate urban crosser.”

The MSRP for the Zero XU starts at $7,995. A federal tax credit can be applied if purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer other incentives. To secure an order and take advantage of the current federal incentive while it lasts, the Zero XU can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. It comes with a two-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.

Posted by Arlo Redwine

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