All-new, all-electric Zero SR/F model gets 200 mile range and new technology

American electric motorcycle brand Zero is promising class-leading range, performance and an all-new styling direction from the 2019 Zero SR/F model which has now been officially revealed.

Zero SR/F motorcycle stationary on beach

The SR/F gets a new Zero ZF75/10 electric motor along with a new ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery which is air-cooled to almost eradicate routine maintenance and Zero is promising a 200 mile range once the extra Zero Power Tank is added.

The Zero SR/F gets an innovative rapid charge system which works on a Level 2 charger for the company’s fastest charging time thanks to three independent charging modules. With all three of the charging modules fitted, the SR/F can charge from 0 to 95% capacity in just one hour.

The new motor and battery provide peak power of 110bhp and 140 ft-lb of torque which sets a new standard for Zero motorcycles in terms of power and torque.

The more expensive Premium model comes as standard with a 6kW rapid charge system and the Standard model has a 3kW charger.

New frame and new electronics

Not only is the new Zero SR/F packing a new motor and battery but it has a host of new technology as well thanks to the Cypher III electronic control system that works with Bosch Stability Control.

These systems work to control all of the bike’s operating controls that also includes a specific Zero smartphone app, dashboard that all link together.

Zero SRF motorcycle Dashboard interface

The SR/F is the first electric motorcycle to use the Bosch MSC system and, when combined with the Zero Cyher III system gives best in class straight line braking and cornering ABS control, traction control and drag torque control.

Because electric motorcycles produce 100% torque from the first twist of the throttle, having this sort of electronic control over the power and torque delivery is an important part of making the bike rideable and safer.

The SR/F has four set rider modes in Street, Sport, Eco and Rain and also has 10 programmable customer modes to enable the rider to make the bike suit them as closely as possible.

Zero is claiming the SR/F is the first fully ‘smart’ motorcycle which is connected via the smartphone app and gives the rider the ability to monitor the bike in four different areas; Bike Status and Alerts, Charging, Ride Data Sharing and System Upgrades and Updates.

2020 Zero SRF motorcycle outdoors in action

More detail on the monitoring systems:

Bike Status & Alerts

The SR/F alerts customers regarding bike status including interruptions in charging and tip-over or unexpected motion notifications. In addition, the “Find my Bike” function allows riders to keep tabs on the motorcycle at all times.

Charging

The SR/F takes adds recharging convenience with the ability to remotely set charging parameters including Targeted Charge Levels, notification of State of Charge (SoC), Charge Time Scheduling and Charge Tracking. These notifications allow riders to control all aspects of charging and to monitor charge status even when away from the motorcycle.

Ride Data Sharing

Riders can gather, relive and share extensive data about their ride through the smartphone app. The motorcycle records bike location, speed, lean angle, power, torque, SoC and energy used/regenerated. Riders can replay each ride and also choose to upload additional content to record and share their full experience. Riders also have the option to keep data anonymous.

System Upgrades and Updates

New updates and diagnostic capabilities allow the rider to remotely download the latest Cypher III operating system release to ensure optimal performance and provide access to feature improvements.

All the benefits of connectivity are offered for free for the first two years with the purchase of a new SR/F.

Close up of 2020 Zero SRF motorcycle in action

New styling direction for an electric motorcycle

The styling of the new bike is what really differentiates the SR/F from other Zeros and most other electric bikes in that it looks more like an Italian motorcycle in the same vein as a Ducati or an MV Agusta rather than an electric motorcycle.

Electric motorcycles have, to date, looked either a bit unusual or a bit utilitarian and have rarely managed to look stylish; this Zero changes all of that.

The Premium model with 6 kW Rapid Charger, fly screen, heated hand grips and aluminum bar ends will cost £19,690 but will be eligible for a UK Government electric vehicle grant of £1500 which will drop the purchase price to £18,190.

The Standard model with 3 kW Rapid Charger will cost £17,790 – reduced to £16,290 with the £1500 grant.

Both models are available in Seabright Blue and Boardwalk Red colours.

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