First of all I have to apologise for all the electric scooter news at the moment, but this is what appears to the happening thing in the industry at the moment. So anyway, "the fastest production in the world" is the very bold claim that is being made by ZEV about their ZEV7000 electric scoot. Now there is a LOT of very brash posturing on their website.
Their main selling point, relevant to this "fastest" business is that they are faster than the Vectrix (Bramo and Zero get mentions too) machines... now I don't know about you but I wouldn't be telling people to "bring their street legal production bike and to bring their betting money" if my max speed was a MASSIVE 2mph difference 68 for the Vectrix (although it does say 100kph which is 60mph.... who knows? either way all tests point to around 110kph which sounds about right) and 70 for the ZEV! Generally speaking not many people claim the "actual" top speed in their literature, anyway I would love to test them head to head.
There are some definite pro's for the Zev however, the first is the price, at around 7 grand (American Money) which is noticeably less than the faster/bigger of the Vectrix models. The one that stands out to me though is the weight which is 134kg vs 200 odd for the Vectrix. The other number that stands out is the torque figure of 184nm which combined with 14kw "launch power" should provide some entertainment in the traffic light grand prix.
All in all it does look like a pretty good piece of kit, Lithium Ion batteries, Large oil cooled motor, decent range and charge times plus acceptable(ish) price adds up to a pretty good commuting machine I just question the claims and the way they are going about it, i would love to see a track battle between the bikes they are "dissing" Bramo, Zero, Vectrix et al... come on boys, less talk more action... give them all to us if you like, impartial track battle on!
Page two has all the info supplied on the ZEV WEBSITE
7 Kw (7000 WATTS) OF CONTINUOUS OUTPUT POWERÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 8 Kw (8000 WATTS) of peak power.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14 KW launch or standing start power
Zev has had it with all of the claims by various companies that they have the fastest street legal production bike around. We tell them to bring their street legal production bike and to bring their betting money. There can be only one â€œfastestâ€ street legal production electric motor scooter or bike in the world.
Designed to be a commuter bike, the ZEV7000 will run +113 kmph / 70 mph speeds. Take it out on the highway and run. Punch the shift button for the power boost into second and third as you go up through the â€œgearsâ€ on our â€œElectronic Transmissionâ€ and feel the power roll on.
Cruising at at less than all out speeds this bike has yielded 70 to 55 miles (112 â€“ 88 km) of useful range for beta test riders (depending on terrain, speed, and rider weight).
Faster than any of the advertised speeds of any other electric motor scooter (advertisements which may or may not be true). Compare the ZEV to the advertised specifications listed on other company web sites and brochures.
Faster than the $10,000 or the $8,700 Vectrix scooter. Save $2,000 and get better performance with ZEV.
* At least 10 mph Faster than the Vectrix VX-1E and faster with more range than the $2,450 more expensive $10,500 Vectrix VX-1.
* The ZEV has an 84% higher continuous rating power than the 3.8 Kw Vectrix.
Faster than the production electric motorcycles.
* Faster with 17% more range than the $1908 more expensive $9,950 Zero S.
* Just as fast as the Brammo Enertia Bike, but the ZEV has 41% more range at least.
Faster than any Chinese gasoline motor scooter tested in actual comparison tests. (Really, even large engined ones??? ED.)
41% more range than the $10,000 Vectrix. (based on advertised specifications)
17% more range than the $1908 more expensive $9,950 Zero S electric motorcycle.
41% more range than the best of the Chinese built electric scooters claim to be capable of. (based on advertised claims that may or may not be real)
More hill climbing ability than any other electric motor scooter on the market with the standard motor. (Even more hill climbing ability is available in the 7000 Alpine with a special torque motor offering over 240 Nm of peak torque-at the expense of some speed)
Lighter than the heavy Vectrix by 205 lbs.
Best warranty in the industry. Two years
Speed - 113 kph / 70 mph
Range - depends upon terrain, speed, weather, load. Our range is measured on flat land on standard day conditions. - 62 miles at 50 mph -70 miles at 45 mph - 83 miles at 28 mph
96 Volt peak power battery pack. 84 Volt nominal. 3.84 Kw battery capacity. 28 batteries, 40 Ah Thunder Sky.
Revolutionary BMS (Battery Management System) built into the connectors between the battery
Energy saving 3 speed â€œElectronic Transmissionâ€
Longer wheelbase than a Vectrix for high speed handling.
Battery pack as low as possible in the chassis to put the bike mass at the axle. Only 6.5 inches from the ground to the battery box bottom.
Curb Weight - 294 lbs / 134 kg Gross Weight - 759 lbs / 345kg
This bike is assembled in the USA with a US VIN number and USA Certificates of Origin. There are no registration problems like may occur with the Chinese LX Vin Series bikes.
The ZEV7000 is fully compliant with all EPA and DOT rules and regulations.
less 10% federal tax creditÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â $804.42
NET PRICEÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $7237 AFTER TAX CREDITS
Less- all state, and local rebates, incentives, and credits) See incentives page.