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X-bike test - Penrose to Orewa

posted Apr 20, 2012, 5:31 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Apr 20, 2012, 5:34 PM ]
"It seemed like a good idea at the time: take the 2011 version of the Zero S electric motorcycle from the industrial heartland of Auckland to my home in Orewa, and let the 43-kilometre journey validate the viability of two-wheeled EVs for all and sundry"

"So what did this exercise, and I do mean exercise, prove? First, that the New Zealand distributor of the Zero S was right to wait for availability of the 2012 model before officially launching the bike in August, as the new bike will be available with either standard 6.0kWh or optional 9.0kWh batteries. This will increase range at motorway speeds to 69km and 101km respectively.

Second, as sampled, the Zero S is a fun bike to ride, its frisky handling, strong brakes and adjustable suspension adding a sporty dimension not normally associated with EVs. As a short-haul commuter, even a 2011 Zero (full recharge cost: 70 cents) is about as good as funky urban transport gets"



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