American electric motorbike brand Zero has announced its 2019 line-up, with new colours, more spec and increased power for learner legal models, with no increase to the prices.
Zero has given its off-road and adventure styled models some new, close to nature, colours of the brown variety, while the road orientated FXS, S and SR get asphalt inspired greys and blacks. All models get new badging and graphics.
There’s no new batteries or increased range for the 2019 models, however the new bikes will feature new firmware aimed at improving battery longevity, in the form of a kind of automatic hibernation mode for bikes laid up over a period of time. Zero is also offering its ‘Charge Tank’ as a retro fit option for older bikes, allowing them to be connected to Level Two public fast charging posts, in addition to standard domestic sockets.
There’s no increase in prices but the DSR adventure bike gets an increased spec, with screen, hand guards, tank grips and a 12v electrical socket all coming as standard fitment, rather than the accessories of previous years. A1 licence bikes with the smaller, 7.2kwh, battery also receive more powerful motors – with a claimed 42% more peak horsepower, up to 44bhp.
The British government recently announced that it was reducing the low emissions vehicle grant for many electric cars, as well as eliminating it completely for some hybrids, but this doesn’t yet affect electric motorcycles, meaning that prices for the 2019 Zero range start at £8990, taking into account the £1500 government subsidy.
Zero say that new bikes are starting to arrive in dealerships now, and that you’ll be able to see them for yourself at next month’s Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.