Zero Motorcycles Gets a Supercharger

OCT 13 2015 BY TDILLARD 16

Via this post on Terry Hershner’s Facebook page, we got a hint of what may be some of the trinkets and toys we’ll see in a short time at the Zero 2016 launch – how does a 80% charge in under an hour sound?  Think Zero is packaging that with their bikes?  We’ll find out soon.

Our buddies at Motorcycle.com put this story together on DigiNow’s Zero Supercharger, with some impressive details… like on or off-bike use, use with or without the existing charger, use on other EVs (bikes and cars, too), 12kW peak power and up to 9kW continuous (7-10 times more powerful than the standard Zero charger), a J1772 connector, 10kW continuous from a NEMA 14-50 power outlet, (the same outlet used for a household clothes dryer and the one found at many RV parks) and more…

It’s intended for use in the spot the Power Tank has reserved for it, or in an aftermarket top-case. Game-changer, much?

DigiNow is the work of one Brandon Nozaki Miller (AKA The Electric Cowboy) and team, and with smaller packs, Miller says, for example a 2012 Zero S with the ZF6 (6 kWh) battery could go from fully flat to fully charged in under 40 minutes. “Charging from 30% to 90% would be ridiculous,” he said. “Like stop, plug in, go pee, then go ride again.”

The Motorcycle.com story gives the details on how to get it, too, though we couldn’t find information listed on the site by name, yet:

Introductory pricing for the Super Charger is set at $2944, and a very limited number of units will be available in the first production batch. The units will ship on November 24, and as an extra incentive for users, eMotorWerks will offer a generous discount on its JuiceBox EV Charging Station when purchased together with a Super Charger.

For more information, visit www.emotorwerks.com.

Be sure to check out the story for more photos, but we couldn’t resist this one.  Charger (the dog) taking a quick 5 in front of Super Charger (the not dog).

Dual Charger array

Dual Charger array (photo via Motorcycle.com)

Now, Charger, Terry’s new riding companion, is a Husky-Pomeranian cross, and though he says the pup is going to stay small enough to ride with him, we have to say – young Charger is looking a little larger than last we saw him.  You can follow his exploits on his very own Facebook page, here.

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How in the world does a Husky cross with a Pomeranian? I’m going to have nightmares thinking about if the mom was the Husky or the Pomeranian!!

Its called a Pomsky and although still rare, they’ve been getting quite popular lately. I believe the mom has to be the husky as a the puppy would be too large for a Pomeranian to give birth to.

Back in my day, we’d call that a mutt.

Now get off my lawn!

I saw Charger at the Santa Cruz EV National plug-in show last month! Very cute!

Oh, let me be the jerk that points out that the NEMA 14-50 outlet IS standard in RV parks but NOT standard for clothes dryers. That would be the 14-30. The 14-50 is standard for ranges in homes built for the last 20 years, give or take.

You’re not a jerk. Tesla started that Nonsense 10 years ago saying a 50 amp circuit was used for electric clothes dryers, when there has never been a household clothes dryer that used one to my knowledge. Tesla finally stopped calling it a clothes outlet and started calling it an RV outlet, which is closer to the truth, but then the EV owner has to make sure the RV park doesn’t mean the more common TT-30 (30 amp 120 volt only plug), the ones you have to buy a ‘dog-bone’ for to use at your own home.

As far as the 10 kw goes (only at 250 volts), I’d say 8-9 is more what you’d actually see, with the likelihood you’d find the higher power at the smaller campsite, all other things being equal.

“10kW continuous from a NEMA 14-50 power outlet” might create a opportunity for Zero in the RV market.
Many RVs carry a motorcycle to ride when the RV is parked. Being able to fast charge a Zero electric bike from a standard RV park power outlet might appeal to some RV owners.

I’ve been charging my Mini E,Leaf and Zero S at Rv parks for about 6 years now. The Mini E actually pulled 48 amps (12kw) and although thats more than nec code allows continuosly from a 50 amp outlet it never tripped a breaker or got too hot. Talk about fast, the Mini E with the 35kwh pack would get a full charge in 2.5 hours. Imagine my surprise when i got my first Leaf and only charged at 3.3 kw. Its like we went backwards. The early Leaf and Zero s onboard charger take 7 hours for a full charge. Although a few of us have used multiple chargers on the Zero to get 7kw or higher rate of charge. That’s how Ben and Terry have been able to roadtrip the US. I’ve always thought than an electric motorcycle or car would be the perfect tagalong for a big RV due to all the 50 amp outlets at the rv parks. The only think that sucks now is you have to bring your evse with you though as cars cant charge with just a 14-50 extension cord anymore.

“more than NEC allows continuously”.

So what? 2.5 hours is not a continuous load.

3 or more is.

Thanks Bill. Thats exactly how i felt about it. I had the charging cord for the mini e with a 14-50 plug on it and would always select the highest rate of charge 50 amps which was really only 48. It didnt take long to figure out that i didnt even need the clipper creek box.

Sure… So since I’ve never seen a mini-e, and I bet many others haven’t either, did they just supply a ’14-50′ cord that disappeared into the car, or did they have an ‘in-line controller box’ on it?

Who pees for 40 minutes???

“fully flat to fully charged in under 40 minutes” .. therefore, 30% to 90% would be considerably shorter. But probably not 2 minutes.

See? Was that so hard, Zero? Now I am interested in you bikes.

For an almost $3000 option, you would hope they would have some facility to dress up the wiring a bit.

Having all those loose wires can’t be very safe, especially if there are small children or animals around. Hopefully “Charger” has been trained not to stick his nose too close to the thing, although the various plastic smells a dog can smell might prove too tempting not for a ‘look-smell-see”.

I’d love the look on an Electrical Inspector when he saw that big green GROUND wire dangling disconnected on the floor.

That would be one ZERO I’d never touch fresh out of the shower…

FOr 3 grand you’d think this is not the approved zero installation.

Since you’re looking at Terry’s bike, I assume what you’re looking at is a prototype system, not (necessarily) a production model.