GREENVILLE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Touring Sport of Greenville was selected to retail Zero Motorcycles. Touring Sport is the region’s retailer of BMW, Ducati, and Triumph cycles. The Zero models are manufactured by a company formerly known as Electricross in California. They are 100 percent electric, and each year the designs get more lightweight and streamlined, with longer ranges and other perks. Zero bikes come in street, dual-sport, and law enforcement/military models. They take advantage of a brushless, permanent magnet Z-Force® motor. Range is boosted by removable lithium-ion power packs and an optional fast-charging accessory. Combined, the motor and power packs supply the bikes with 15.3 kWh. Zero Motorcycles have won races at Pikes Peak and Bonneville, and they set a Guinness world record as the first electric off-road motorcycle topping a range of 500 miles in 24 hours. While their performance justifies Zero’s place as one of the leading electric motorcycle companies, both in engineering and sales; the bikes still lag their fossil-fuel counterparts when it comes to long-haul touring because of their relatively short range and slow charging times. Touring Sport began selling the bikes on June 17. It offers test rides of demo models and retails the various models, which qualify for a 10 percent federal tax credit, for around $8,500-$16,000. The City of Greenville already uses two in its fleet.