Hero MotoCorp to make electric motorcycles, to invest $60m in Zero Motorcycles

Hero MotoCorp is to collaborate with Zero Motorcycles

By Autocar Pro News Desk & Ajit Dalvi calendar 29 Sep 2022 Views icon36050 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Hero MotoCorp, which is all set to launch its first electric product, under its emerging mobility brand Vida, on October 7, is finalising a collaboration agreement with Zero Motorcycles, the California (USA)-based manufacturer of premium electric motorcycles and powertrains.

The collaboration between Hero and Zero will focus on developing electric motorcycles, which means Hero MotorCorp will engage in a double-assault with both e-scooters and e-motorcycles on India's fast-growing electric two-wheeler market. While no specific details have been released as yet, the Hero-Zero collaboration indicates Hero MotoCorp's serious focus on the EV front.

The company’s board also approved an equity investment up to US$60 million (Rs 484 crore) in Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles claims it is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains.

Zero Motorcycles’ MY2023 range revealed
According to Zero Motorcycles, "Each motorcycle is optimised from the ground up to leverage the revolutionary Z-Force electric powertrain and uses a specially designed rigid, aircraft-grade aluminium frame to minimize weight."

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). The DSR/X uses a brand-new Z-Force 75-10X motor that produces a staggering 166 foot-pounds of torque and a Z-Force 17.3 kWh Power Pack.

The MY2023 DSR/X uses a brand-new Z-Force 75-10X motor that produces a staggering 225 Nm of torque and a Z-Force 17.3 kWh Power Pack.

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).

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All images: courtesy Zero Motorcycles

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