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Old 10-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:58 AM   #2
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Holy crap. Am I reading this right?

99% increase in power output.
Over 130 mile range.
95% charging in an hour.
Hot-swap battery capability.

The rate of technology advancement from Zero is stunning.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:02 AM   #3
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Holy crap. Am I reading this right?

99% increase in power output.
Over 130 mile range.
95% charging in an hour.
Hot-swap battery capability.

The rate of technology advancement from Zero is stunning.
Time to get out the checkbook Kenneth!

Excuse time is over!
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Time to get out the checkbook Kenneth!

Excuse time is over!
Can you spare $10k? I'm good for it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:18 AM   #5
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I think Zero has made some pretty nice advances. It's still not enough to get my dough (or Kenneth's apparently). I did read a post in another forum that gave me pause.

The guy was talking about how great this was and how he could ride it to work and then "charge it at his employer."

Really?

You think as an employer I'm going to have 30 employees plugging in their electrics while they work and I get to pay for it?

I remember some years ago working for a company that had a call center like mine. This was back when long distance calls cost money and we had an 800 number to boot.

One day the boss walked in and said, "I don't go to your house and make long distance calls to all my friends. Don't do it here."
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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Holy crap. Am I reading this right?

99% increase in power output.
Over 130 mile range.
95% charging in an hour.
Hot-swap battery capability.

The rate of technology advancement from Zero is stunning.
And this is why e-bikes are so interesting to me, especially compared to the incremental upgrades from ICE bikes. Like many, I'm still not ready to buy an e-bike, but it's incredible to watch their rapid progress.

Hopefully we'll be testing the new Zeros and the Brammo before the year is out.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:53 AM   #7
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Now when they cut the costs in half they will have my attention...
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:26 AM   #8
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I'm a fan of e-bikes. But for colder climates I wouldn't get a bike that runs on batteries. Until there are batteries that do better in cold weather.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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Hopefully we'll be testing the new Zeros and the Brammo before the year is out.
When you do that test, I'd be very interested in your impression of the Brammo's transmission versus the Zero's direct drive. I think I'd like having a tranny just because I'm a guy and I like changing gears. But if it adds weight, cost, and saps range without a significant benefit, maybe it's not worth it.

Looking forward to that comparo!
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #10
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Zero doesn't stand for the emissions. It stands for how many bikes they'll sell when the Federal subsidies run out.
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