Consider it Done: Modified Zero S Completes First-Ever Cross-Country Trip on Electric Motorcycle


There's a Zero S Hiding Under There Somewhere

There’s a Zero S Hiding Under There Somewhere

Terry Hershner has unofficially become the first person to complete a cross-country trip on an electric motorcycle.

Terry in Florida After Completing Journey

Terry in Florida After Completing Journey

We say unofficially because we’re not yet sure if this was a documented drive or even if Guinness was on hand to judge the event for the record books.

Regardless, Hershner did complete the trek from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida, which allows him to claim that he’s the first ever to do so on an electric motorcycle.

Hershner’s mode of transport was a highly modified Zero S electric motorcycle.  Hershner fitted the Zero S with and 18-kWh battery pack and added some slick aerodynamic bits before attempting the epic journey.  As such, the Zero S could go roughly 200 miles between charges, rather than the standard 63 miles.

The journey began in San Diego last Friday at 1:40 am and end in Jacksonville on Wednesday night.

Hershner’s only struggles were the need to source a replacement motor due to a loose sprocket bolt, which the DIY mechanic blames on himself.

Our congrats go out to Hershner for achieving the unthinkable.  We can’t even fathom the amount of discomfort from such a trip on a motorcycle.

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12 Comments on "Consider it Done: Modified Zero S Completes First-Ever Cross-Country Trip on Electric Motorcycle"

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I’ve seen aero-covers done wrong, and that one’s done quite decently.

“We can’t even fathom the amount of discomfort from such a trip on a motorcycle.”

Lots of people drive hundreds (thousands) of miles on their bikes.

Now did he drive it back, or put it on a trailer 🙂

Can’t fathom it? Really?

Lots of people ride their motorcycles, and bicycles, on long trips, including cross country, for enjoyment.

Some writers need to get out of the home/office more!


He went from Florida to California on the bare bike, but couldn’t get enough range/juice in Texas, so got a lift from a friend with a van. On the return to Florida, he rode every mile.

He is getting Tesla S 85 kWh range and speed, and can charge off any 220-240 volt outlet in under an hour. He has room for four bags of groceries, and is completely out of the wind.

This is what real efficiency looks like!

Actually more like 60 kWh Tesla S real world numbers.

Most of us would not consider a motorcycle, but a trike like this would work . With the much improved 2013 Zero S drivetrain, a vehicle like this would match a Tesla S for range and performance, at $20K!–fc&list=UUzz4CoEgSgWNs9ZAvRMhW2A&index=11

We lack imagination, not technology.

The amazing thing is, to do this with a conventional car would take $65K, 60 kWh, and a zillion dollar dedicated 440 volt charging infrastructure. And that would get you on the cover of every news magazine, and the WSJ, as a genius. 🙁

“approximate range numbers from the trip are about 200 miles at 55 mph, 150 miles at 80 mph, and 100 miles at 100 mph. These are estimates using the best average speed and range I had. So that’s pretty close. The fairing helped almost double the range at higher speeds.”

I am waiting for an electric motorcycle with a sidecar. Properly constructed the sidecar could carry additional good size battery extending the range and adding one more space for a passenger.

Why wait, start building!

I am looking to get a Zero S or DS just to get on PG&E EV Plan here in CA since going solar. The EV plan has the best ratio on their plan. Basically when your on solar you selling your power at a discount and then buying it back in the evening at retail. unless your on the EV Plan.

I reached out to Zero and asked if they have any plan to do a sidecar they responded with absolutely NO. Thus if you want a side car need to buy it and install it your self. They do sell extended range batteries those could be place in the sidecar.

Ural worked with Zero to create a concept EV motorcycle with sidecar but it’s quite heavy
vs Zero
Curb weight 313 lb (142 kg)
Carrying capacity 404 lb (183 kg)