Just one month ago, the Enertia electric motorcycle from Brammo Motorsports looked liked a winner from the price / performance perspective and now following close behind is the Zero electric motorcycle, an electric motocross bike being adapted for road use which promises to push the price even lower. Zero has been selling the dirt bike for some time at a price of $6900. With the addition of lights and turn signals and a bit of paperwork, they expect the bike to be on the road in a few months.
The road version of the Zero X dirt bike will be a little larger and more powerful but the price of $6900 should remain the same. Range is 40 miles and recharge time is 3 hours. Compared to the Enertia's 45 mile range, 3 hour recharge and $11,995 price tag, the Zero may appeal to even more green riders. Zero doesn't cite specific top speed or performance numbers other than to say "fastest acceleration in its class" and "outperforms comparable gas bikes" which should mean acceptable for anyone looking at one of these. The bike only weighs 120 pounds! If you were riding this to work and back, a recharge at either end would give you a good commuter bike if your commute does not involve high speeds and even without the recharge, many could make the round trip.
This is certainly a basic motorcycle and the dirt bike design may not appeal to everyone, the Enertia looks a lot more finished but what's important is the price point. If they keep on this track, expect to see more of these, soon.