Zero Motorcycles was awarded a $900,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to begin development of a new advanced compact electric powertrain project.
Additional matching funds from the city of Santa Cruz, and other contributors brings the total allotment to more than $1,840,000.
Zero’s next generation powertrain technology will be developed near its headquarters in the city of Santa Cruz. As part of this program, Zero said it will leverage today’s best technology by working with existing partners and electric drivetrain component suppliers.
The current Zero S is equipped with a brushed permanent magnet electric motor which develops 31 HP and a lithium ion array battery good for 4 kW, the combo can power the bike to 60 MPH with a range of up to 60 miles.
The Zero S can be recharged in under four hours with a 110V or 220V outlet.