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2018 Zero DS electric motorcycle

2018 Zero DS electric motorcycle

2018 Zero DS 

$11,000   - 7.2 kwh   - 82 mi - 1.3-kw charger (120V) - 34 HP - 78 ft-lbs - 317lbs

$14,000   - 13 kwh - 147 mi - 1.3-kw charger (120V) - 60 HP - 81 ft-lbs - 413lbs

$16,900  - 16.6 kwh - 188 mi - 1.3-kw charger (120V) - 60 HP - 81 ft-lbs - 457lbs

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The Zero DS is the dual-sport option for solid performance on highways and dirt roads alike.  Its Showa suspension and Bosch ABS system are paired with J-Juan brakes, and Pirelli MT-60 Enduro tires.

The ABS can be turned off for off-road riding, giving greater control to the rider.  The extra ride in the fully adjustable suspension makes this a great option for taller riders, as well. 

The battery options are the same as the SR and S, but rated range is reduced a bit due to tire friction.

2018 Zero FXS electric motorcycle

2018 Zero FXS electric motorcycle

2018 Zero FX and FXS 

$8,500  - 3.6 kwh - 46-50 mi - 1-kw charger (120V) - 27 hp - 78 ft-lbs - 247lbs

$10,500  - 7.2 kwh - 91-100 mi - 1-kw charger (120V) - 46 hp - 78 ft-lbs - 289lbs

The Zero FX and FXS are now significantly less expensive thanks to simplification of their manufacturing process. These lightweight offroad or supermoto bikes come with either modular or permanently integrated batteries.

Designed for supermoto tracks, the FXS is a favorite for racers on short tracks and for the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. It comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires to grip the pavement.

The Zero FX is designed for off-road use and comes with Pirelli Scorpion MT-90 tires. 

Alta Redshift SM electric motorcycle

Alta Redshift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta Motors Redshift SM, EX, MX, MXR

SM - $13,500 - 5.8 kwh - 50 mi -  charger - 42 hp - 120 ft-lbs - 283lbs

EX - $13,000 - 5.8 kwh - 50 mi - 1.3-kw charger - 40 hp - 120 ft-lbs - 275lbs

MXR - $12,000 - 5.8 kwh - 50 mi - 1.3-kw charger - 50 hp - 147 ft-lbs - 259lbs (offroad)

MX - $10,500  - 5.8 kwh - 50 mi - 1.3-kw charger - 42 hp - 120 ft-lbs - 265lbs (offroad)

Alta Motors has aggressively increased its dealer network and its bikes are available throughout much of the U.S.

They seem to want to be pushed to their limits, and are built for the track to run with 250cc competitors. All Alta bikes have a hard seat.

Alta uses Brembo brakes on all models along with WP fully adjustable front shocks.  Tires vary by model, with the SM sporting Pirelli Rosso II tires, the EX with Metzler 6 Days Extreme, the MXR offering Dunlop Geomax MX3S, and the MX fitted with Bridgestone Battlecross X30. 

Energica Ego electric motorcycle

Energica Ego electric motorcycle

Energica Ego 

$24,900 - 11.7 kwh - 125 mi - 3-kw charger, CCS DC fast charging - 145 hp - 145 ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica Eva 107

$23,400 - 11.7 kwh - 125 mi - 3-kw charger, CCS DC fast charging - 145 hp - 145 ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica Eva EsseEsse9

$23,400 - 11.7 kwh - 125 mi - 3-kw charger, CCS DC fast charging - 145 hp - 133 ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica Eva at Golden Gate Bridge on California 1 tour from LA to San Francisco

Energica Eva at Golden Gate Bridge on California 1 tour from LA to San Francisco

Energica makes the highest-performance electric motorcycles offered with DC fast-charging equipment.

While their prices are higher than those of other models, the performance and parts are at the high end: The Energica Ego and Eva 107 both boast 145 hp and a torque of 148 ft-lbs. The top speed of the Ego is limited to 150 mph and the Eva can go 125 mph. 

Both feature Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, Marzocchi front shocks, and Bitubo Rear Mono Shocks.  The main difference between these two is the Ego's racing seating posture, while the Eva is styled as a standard bike with an upright seating position. 

The Eva EsseEsse9 has rather a retro style, an upright sitting position, and slightly less power for casual riders—although it still offer plenty of punch.

Energica bikes can be purchased in California, North Carolina, and soon in Texas.


 
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