Electrifying rides for SA
Billed as the Teslas of the two-wheeled world, the Zero bikes will provide thrills at low cost
CAYENNE World is awaiting the arrival of the first shipment of new Zero Electric motorcycles from the U.S.
Cayenne World told Wheels they will be introducing three Zero models, the DS Dual Sport, the S Street Fighter and the high performance SR model, early in May.
It took just over two years, but Craig Langton, sales director and co-owner of the Cayenne Group, said the deal is finally done and Cayenne has been appointed the official importer of Zero Electric motorcycles, the perfect commuter for South Africans.
Billed as the Teslas of the motorbike world, the electric drivetrains are powerful enough to out-accelerate anything on the road today.
Former Pietermaritzburger Craig Marshall, now executive director of Electric Motorcycles Africa in Cape Town who pioneered the Zero bikes in South Africa in 2008, said each Zero is a blast to drive.
Marshall welcomed the Cayenne deal, saying the group brings the financial muscle to make Zero bikes more affordable in South Africa. He has sold 14 in five years, and told Wheels each one is still “absolutely mind blowing to ride”.
“I’ve been commuting on a Zero since 2009 from Somerset to Cape Town. It costs me six cents per kilometre and just simplifies biking because there are so few moving parts.
“But because all the torque is available from zero revs, the Zero bikes delivers a thrill each time,” said.
Asked what the Zero SR feels like with 144 Nm from the start, Marshall said it does the 0 to 100 km/h run in three seconds flat. “This is one bike we demo only in eco mode,” Marshall told Wheels .
Driven with verve, the batteries of the Zero bikes have a range of up to 250 km plus on one charge, and the batteries can be charged anywhere from a normal household plug. While overnight charging is recommended, one can do short distances on a two-hour charge.
Andy le May, owner of Ewizz electric scooters in Cape Town, said the best part of the Zero electric motorbikes are that they will prove cheaper to operate than a car or even a medium to large motorcycle with a petrol engine.
Langton said Cayenne’s finance partner Motor Finance Corporation, a division of Nedbank, will support the new Zero with repayment options of R1 950 per month over 72 months, with a threeyear guaranteed buyback, a five-year or 160 000 km warranty and a free service plan. Cash prices for the bikes will be confirmed when they land next month.
To book a test ride, call Zero South Africa at Cayenne World at 011 244 1900.
CRAIG MARSHALL pioneer importer of Zero bikes to SA It costs me six cents per kilometre and just simplifies biking …
Zero electric motorbikes, billed as Tesla’s on two wheels, will out-accelerate anything in the morning commute but cost a lot less to run. Three models arrive at Cayenne in May.