Zero Motorcycles has a problem, they can’t keep up with demand. Looking at them in August of last year, they seemed promising. Right now, the $7500 standard model is selling well enough to require expansion to meet all of the orders coming in.
Neal Saiki, founder of the company, formerly worked for NASA and decided he wanted to create the world’s highest performance electric motorcycle. Well, that seems to be a rapidly moving target but whether or not he accomplishes that, he has built a pretty nifty off road bike that’s quiet and emits no pollution.
Batteries, unfortunately, have perception problems just like diesel engines. Even though diesels have come a very long way, are a lot quieter, emit far less pollution and perform really well, lots of people still think of the old, smelly, noisy lumps from years ago. Batteries are becoming smaller and last a lot longer but a lot of folks haven’t gotten the message. Companies like Zero can help change that and they seem like a company worth watching.