Zero Motorcycles demonstrates electric vehicle commitment to California Governor Jerry Brown
September 17, 2013
The following is an industry press release...
SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 17, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader
in the electric motorcycle
industry, today announced its next level of commitment to the electric vehicle
(EV) market in a meeting with Governor Jerry Brown, California’s Plug In
Electric Vehicle Collaborative and other California corporate leaders. Hosted
at the Exploratorium, “Drivethe Dream” further positioned California as a global leader in the plug-in
vehicle market with a three-part program built upon increased investments in
workplace charging, EV fleet purchases and corporate incentives, as well as
international exports of California-developed technology.
“Zero is proud to design and build our high performance, zero
emissions electric motorcycles right here in California. With the recent
expansion of our factory, we have substantially increased our workplace
charging infrastructure for both employees and customers,” said Richard Walker,
CEO for Zero Motorcycles. “It was gratifying to be able share our thoughts with
Governor Brown on accelerating the EV market in California and beyond.”
Zero is making a series of key investments to the “Drive the
Dream” initiative, including expanding Zero’s corporate fleet which already
hosts over 40 company-owned EVs used for a wide variety of activities. Zero is
now the largest manufacturer of electric police motorcycles in the world and
has deployed electric police fleet motorcycles to more than a dozen California
municipalities and agencies, including Monterey, Scotts Valley, Sebastopol and
San Jose State University, along with hundreds purchased for fleet use by
international agencies in London, Hong Kong and Bogota, Colombia.
While Zero Motorcycles can charge at almost any outlet anywhere,
Zero has Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations available at its Scotts Valley
headquarters and has just implemented a CHAdeMODC fast charger, which can be used to charge Zero Motorcycles equipped with
CHAdeMO charging inlets, as well as Nissan Leafs and Mitsubishi iMievs. As part
of the "Drive the Dream" initiative, Zero is committed to triple
available charging infrastructure and dedicate charging spaces for employees
and customers. Zero has also been actively working with its dealer network in
California to rollout workplace and customer charging opportunities.
In addition, Zero has implemented a workplace incentive purchasing
program providing Zero employees significant discounts to purchase Zero
electric motorcycles. To date, more than 10 percent of Zero employees own EVs,
both cars and motorcycles, and the company estimates that more than 25 percent
ride or drive EVs on a daily basis via Zero’s test rider program.