Product: Zero SR Electric Motorcycle
Brand: Zero Motorcycles
Awesomeness: 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds
Green Credentials: Energy-efficient, electric-powered transportation
When sustainability melds with breakthrough performance the world celebrates. From Zero Motorcycles for 2014 comes the Zero SR, a motorcycle that goes 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. As the company puts it, the Zero SR “is designed for riders who simply want to go faster and accelerate harder.”
Now, I know a whole of folks who want to go faster and accelerate harder. They may not care much for protecting the environment. But the electric motorcycle between their thighs will typically generate far fewer emissions than a gasoline-powered alternative regardless of whether the rider gives a hoot.
So whether you crave speed or an environmentally advanced way to get there and back, the Zero SR may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Throw in the fact that its electric motor operates virtually maintenance-free and lazy environmentalists who have neither kids nor Jewish moms might be able to charge around town on one of these.
WHY IT’S GREEN: The 2012 Union of Concerned Scientist’s report “State of Charge” (PDF) notes that electric vehicles generate significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than most vehicles on the road today no matter where in the U.S. those vehicles are charged.
BUY: Zero SR from Zero Motorcycles ($16,695)