Zero Motorcycles builds military model, shares tech with retail bikes

Publish Date: 
May 7, 2013

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles today announced the arrival of the new Zero MMX military motorcycle, the powertrain technology of which is being used in the company's 2013 consumer models.

The MMX was developed exclusively for military use in the U.S. Special Operations Forces. The model provides Special Operations riders with tactical advantages over combustion motorcycles because the electric powertrain allows for movement over hostile terrain in near silence and minimal heat signature, according to Zero.

The manufacturer's engineering team worked under military contract to develop the motorcycle. According to Zero, the MMX has met the most stringent standards set forth by the U.S. military, and a number of MMX motorcycles are undergoing full operational testing.

"It was a very rewarding experience for the Zero team to go through such an exacting development process,” said Abe Askenazi, chief technology officer for Zero. “The military needed a very specific set of core features on the MMX, and we were incredibly thankful to work side by side with them to deliver such a unique product.

“The great news for our civilian customers is that we made the decision to incorporate into our 2013 MX, FX and XU retail motorcycles virtually all of the powertrain enhancements associated with satisfying this project’s stringent military requirements. Our 2013 product is truly ‘military grade.’” (continued)