“The launch of [the] LRC was to make sure that the bike is clearly the world’s longest-range electric motor scooter and to also beat the electric motorcycles of competitors,” the company said in a news release.
According to ZEV’s testing, sustained cruising on the highway yielded an 80-mile range at 75 mph.
The ZEV 10 LRC (Long Range Commuter) has an introductory MSRP of $13,900. Gross dealer profit margin is 23 percent, not counting prep and destination charges the retailer may choose to add. ZEV enforces a no-discounting policy.
The model uses a lithium battery pack with a capacity of 10 Kwh, larger than that found in hybrid cars, ZEV claimed.
The scooter’s 10 kw continuous-power-rated motor produces peak power of 15,000 watts. The hub motor is contained completely inside the rear wheel. The outside of the motor is the tire rim, and the axle is fixed as the stator, thereby eliminating all moving parts except for the bearings. The rim and tire rotate around the fixed stator. ZEV said this eliminates parts wear, maintenance of a chain or belt drive, and the efficiency losses that arise from chains and belts.
ZEV’s main customers are commute-to-work riders. “They bought the bikes for the lack of maintenance and lack of the associated maintenance costs that are the time saving aspects of electric,” the company said. The owners tell ZEV that the time it takes to charge the battery is of little consequence.
In the areas where ZEV does not have dealers, ZEV ships the bike worldwide direct to the customer’s door. Due to the scooters’ simplicity, service can be performed by any motorcycle shop, the company said.
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Press image courtesy ZEV.