Zero doubles range of learner legal dual-sport electric bike

Zero DS will now do 163 miles in the city or 78 on the motorway

Zero doubles range of learner legal dual-sport electric bike

ELECTRIC motorcycle manufacturer Zero has expanded its range with a new version of its learner-legal DS model capable of double the miles between charges.

The dual-sport model is now available with double the battery capacity, at 14.4kWh, and full recharge time of nine hours and 48 minutes plugged into a domestic socket.

An optional ‘power tank’ increases battery capacity further and boosts the range to 203 city miles or 97 on the motorway.

Alternatively, an optional ‘charge tank’ makes the bike compatible with public electric vehicle recharge points and reduces the full-charge time to two-and-a-half hours.

The new Zero DS ZF14.4 earns its learner-eligibility based on the power it can produce continuously over a given range, which is 11kW, or 15hp, the usual limit under licence restrictions. The maximum power the model can produce is much higher, at 59hp, albeit over a shorter range.

Maximum torque is 80lbft, more than that of a Ducati 959 Panigale.

The new Zero DS ZF14.4 costs £13,690, or £12,190 with a £1,500 government grant for low-emission vehicles.

Umberto Uccelli, managing director of Zero Motorcycles Europe, said: “The longer-range 11kW Zero DS meets a growing demand from Europeans who carry standard car, or A1 motorcycle, licences 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.”

Read our 2018 Zero S review.