SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Journalists gathered for an annual green transportation consortium in Europe voted the 2013 Zero S the "European e-Motorbike of the Year," a distinction the model has won now for three consecutive years. Another Zero model, the DS, came in second.
Hosted at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, Clean Week 2020 provides an annual review of future-fuelled, environmentally friendly vehicles, bringing together a mix from the motoring and motorcycle industry to provide an independent analysis of alternatively powered transportation technologies.
“We’re honored the Zero S has defended its title again for the third year. With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Edwin Belonje, managing director for Zero Motorcycles Europe. “This award names the Zero S as best in class, an opinion shared by the panel of 12 specialist European journalists who extensively tested all the vehicles presented at Clean Week 2020.”
The winning model, the 2013 Zero S ZF11.4, features Zero’s all-new 54 hp Z-Force direct-drive brushless motor, which has almost twice as much horsepower compared to last year’s model. The motor also provides a claimed 68 ft.-lbs. of torque from a standstill.
The latest Zero S also boasts a sleek new look, on-board storage, an improved rider interface and mobile device integration via Bluetooth. The 2013 Zero S and DS allow riders to view a customizable dashboard of detailed riding information and adjust the performance characteristics of their motorcycles.
Zero also reports that a previous-generation model, the 2012 Zero S ZF9, recently won an "e-Motorcycle of the Year" title during an online election held by Motos.net, a motorcycle consumer website in Spain, with 533,469 people taking part.
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photo courtesy Zero Motorcycles