The all-electric Zero Motorcycle has zero emissions and noise, reports Michael Lemonick at Climate Central. It also doesn’t heat up like a conventional bike, and doesn’t require any shifting. Maintenance is minimal – it doesn’t need tune-ups, sparkplugs or expensive fill-ups of fuel. Add to all that, it’s incredibly fun to drive, says Lemonick, because it accelerates faster in the first few seconds than conventional motorcycles, even if its maximum speed is lower. Since it’s smaller and lighter than the average bike, the Zero is also remarkably nimble: it whips around corners almost without effort. The drawback is that at highway speeds, the battery lasts about 45 miles. So, this isn’t your cross country runner. Nonetheless, for city driving, this is the perfect vehicle, keeping the noise down around neighbors, and far more maneuverable in city traffic than conventional motorcycles. Its lighter frame means that hand brakes can stop it, another convenience. The somewhat higher $14,000 price tag is counterbalanced by low maintenance costs. And, if your electricity is coming from clean energy sources, this is truly a small carbon footprint vehicle.
Climate Central’s Michael Lemonick recounts his test drive of an electric motorcycle and reviews the bike. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/motorcycle-is-a-complete-zero-emissions-noise-heat/