Get ready for a motorcycle revolution. That deep Harley rumble and the siren call of the Suzuki whine will soon be sharing the road with silent bikes. A slew of sleek, lightweight machines, either fully electric or hybrid, is making its debut and signaling a paradigm shift in both motorcycle culture and green transportation.
The $9,950 Zero S will go on sale this spring, one of the first plug-in motorcycles widely available in the U.S. Weighing in at just 225 pounds, this bike is made by former NASA engineer Neal Saiki and his three-year-old Santa Cruz, Calif., start-up.
Electric bikes’ biggest draw is the fact they cost less than 1 cent per mile to drive; Saiki's Zero S goes 60 miles (96 km) on one charge and can hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/hr) at top speed.
Its dirt-ready predecessor has already proven itself on the U.S. market. Last year, Zero sold out of the electric Zero
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