Zero Unveils New DS ZF 14.4 With Up To 203 Miles Of Electric Range

JAN 11 2018 BY RIDEAPART.COM 12

Zero DS ZF14.4

125cc-equivalent machine to be made available only in European market.

While today’s e-powered two-wheeler options include a variety of beginner-friendly, relatively low-powered machines, the vast majority of them are scooters. Zero Motorcycles, seeing the need for a good, low-powered electric motorcycle, has just pulled the cover off a new beginner-friendly e-model for Europe: the DS ZF14.4.

Targeted at new and riders with provisional licenses (eg, a CBT in the United Kingdom), the new bike’s power output is comparable to that of a 125cc internal combustion engine. For those of you unfamiliar with Europe’s tiered licensing system, learners and riders under 19 years old are restricted to 125cc machines.

One of the biggest gripes people have with electric power train motorcycles is the lack of range. According to Zero’s press release, the new DS ZF14.4 has double the battery capacity of the previous DS ZF7.2. This translates to a claimed 163 miles of city riding or 78 miles of freeway cruising on a single charge. Additionally, Zero is offering a “Power Tank accessory” that is said to increase the bike’s mileage to 203 and 97 miles respectively.

DS ZF14.4

Like all Zero motorcycles, the bike can be charged from a standard wall socket, generally needing to charge overnight if the battery’s been run down to empty. The power tank accessory is capable of charging six times faster, as it sucks up juice via the standard J1772 charging stations utilized by most electric cars.

“The longer-range 11kW Zero DS meets a growing demand from Europeans who carry standard car, or A1 motorcycle licenses and seek an exciting, new, dual-sport experience. With twice the battery and fast-charge options, the range and recharge capabilities of this new model will transform the daily transportation of a growing number of drivers and riders into a pure, powerful, and effortless, experience,” said managing director at Zero Motorcycles Europe, Umberto Uccelli.

Does the world really need a low-powered Zero starter bike? It’s hard to say, but if anyone can succeed in selling electric starter bikes it’s probably Zero. Pricing varies from country to country, but in the United Kingdom the 11kW Zero DS ZF14.4 is eligible for the Low Emissions Vehicles grant of £1,500 thereby bringing the bike’s cost down to £12,190 after the subsidy.

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12 Comments on "Zero Unveils New DS ZF 14.4 With Up To 203 Miles Of Electric Range"

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Someone out there

That’s nice. If I were to buy a motorcycle I’d much rather have range than acceleration. Overall though, motorcycles are a good reason why we need better batteries. If the recharging was fast then I guess 100 miles of freeway range would be sufficient but the combination of long range and long charge times kills it. Yeah it’s good for local riding, I guess it’s an excellent commuting vehicle but if you want to go on vacation it just doesn’t cut it unfortunately.

A 300 mile solid-state battery that can be recharged in 15 minutes, that would completely change the equation.

Ricardo

There’s a market alright, but not at this price point. Could they build a powerful bike and electronically limit it to be a legal 125 cc? That way, one wouldn’t have to buy several bikes after getting the license.

This is probably already electronically limited, but it sounds like you want Tesla To make such a Motorbike, – one that can be upgraded to the higher power setting after you can prove you passed the Age of Restriction, and pay for the over the air upgrade!

Yup. Almost $15K USD for 125cc bike that costs ~$3K is way over priced. Having 200 miles city electric range doesn’t make sense. At average of about 25 MPH, that’s 8 hours of city riding! And if going for racing, well, this probably won’t compete anywhere close to gas bike. Unless, of course, if Mike Hailwood is still alive.

A 450 pound dual-sport is hilariously out of place if your primarily application is 25 mph city riding .. except perhaps for police fleet applications.

The extra range is useful for highway riding and short there-and-back offroad trips.

cros13

They already support that.

Jason

This is honestly just the Zero DS 7.2 with the power throttled back to increase the range of the bike and then marketed to the customer as a “starter bike”. And at $16,000 USD?….

At that price point and performance, I’d much rather look into something like Evoke Electric Motorcycles. They have very similar specifications and better range for half the price. It’s sort of a no-brainer between electric motorcycles if you ask me.

wavelet

First, you should clear up the nomenclature. The DS 14.4 _isn’t_ in itself the beginner-friendly model, for that you need the “DS 14.4 _11kW_” version; it’s simply a limited-power version of the identical bike, just like many smaller ICE bikes have a limited-power version for A1 licenses.

While it’s good that Zero upped battery capacity, the new model isn’t really suited for beginners. While it’s physically small, it’s too heavy. Curb weight is 187kg, carried mostly on top so harder to balance at slow speeds, while most 125cc beginner ICE bikes (e.g., Honda CB125F) are ~130kg. The Power Tank adds 20kg to that.
The other problem is price… Most beginners do not want to spend a lot of money on their starter bike, which will likely be dropped and suffer damage multiple times the first 1-2 years etc. Even after the ULEV grant, the Zero DS at 12K quid is ~4.5 the cost of a CB125F or similar bikes… Not to mention, most beginner riders buy used, not new.

Jason

This is honestly just the Zero DS 7.2 with the power throttled back to increase the range of the bike and then marketed to the customer as a “starter bike”. And at $16,000 USD?….

At that price point and performance, I’d much rather look into something like Evoke Electric Motorcycles. They have very similar specifications and better range for half the price. It’s sort of a no-brainer between electric motorcycles if you ask me.

James

Super handsome bike. Go Santa Cruz! I’m available to beta test your bikes anytime.

Steven

Maybe in Japan…

Ty

“It’s the price point stupid.”
the batteries are sufficient now. Charge times are really close. But until somebody comes up with a better battery That is not so expensive to produce, it’s just not competitive.