Hero MotoCorp and Zero Motorcycles to co-develop premium electric motorcycles

The collaboration combines the expertise of Zero in developing powertrains and electric motorcycles with the scale of manufacturing, sourcing and marketing of Hero MotoCorp.

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Hero MotoCorp and Zero Motorcycles to co-develop premium electric motorcycles

Hero MotoCorp and Zero Motorcycles, the California-based manufacturer of premium electric motorcycles and powertrains, with whom Hero had first announced a partnership and equity investment on September 29, 2022, have signed agreements to collaborate on premium electric motorcycles.

 The collaboration combines the expertise of Zero in developing powertrains and electric motorcycles with the scale of manufacturing, sourcing and marketing of Hero MotoCorp.

Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman & CEO, Hero MotoCorp, said: “Our partnership with Zero Motorcycles is a significant milestone in our journey towards ushering in an era of sustainable clean technology in the mobility space. With Zero as our partner, we look forward to accelerate the transition of electric mobility in India and across our global markets.”

Sam Paschel, CEO, Zero Motorcycles, commented: “We are delighted to have Hero MotoCorp – the world’s largest motorcycle maker – as our partner. Our companies are both committed to transforming the riding experience and bringing remarkable, innovative products to the world.  With these shared passions, we look forward to delivering exceptional value, performance and fun for our customers.”

The American EV maker's range comprises five street bikes – SR/S, SR/F, SR, S and FXE – and four dual-sport machines – DSR/X, DSR, DS and FX. On September 13, 2022, Zero Motorcycles unveiled the newest models for its Model Year 2023 line-up, headlined by the all-new DSR/X adventure sport bike, priced at $24,495 (Rs 20 lakh). 

Zero Motorcycles' DSR/X.

The DSR/X is the first electric motorcycle ever to integrate the full suite of Bosch Motorcycle Stability Controls with offroad capabilities. Other highlights are Park Mode, a slow speed reverse and crawl function useful for maneuvering in tight or steep spaces. The motorcycle also comes equipped with the fastest Level 1 and Level 2 charge capabilities in the market thanks to the on-board 6.6 kW Rapid Charge system.

Announced alongside the 2023 DSR/X were the new MY2023 SR/S, SR/F, and SR. These new top-tier SR/S and SR/F options will come fully equipped with battery capacity upgrades that outfit them with a stock 17.3 kWh Power Pack, charge speed upgrades up to 6.6 kW, and Park Mode. The SR/S is available in asphalt gray with cyan accents and retails for $23,995 (Rs 19.38 lakh) and the SR/F is available in black with gold accents and retails for $23,795 (Rs 19.22 lakh).

According to Zero Motorcycles, “The MY23 SR remains the world’s most adaptable motorcycle and produces 122-foot pounds of torque, 74 hp, can reach 104mph/166kph, and can charge its stock 14.4+ kWh Power Pack in about 4-5 hours with the stock 3 kW charger.” The MY23 SR comes in thermal black and retails for $19,995 (Rs 16,15 lakh).

While details on the collaborative effort as to the products to be developed by Hero and Zero have not yet been revealed, the move will enable Hero MotoCorp, which is already part of the e-scooter market with its 165km-range Vida launched in October 2022, to advance in the electric motorcycle market, which has fewer products and rivals.  

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