As gas prices fluctuate, but generally remain on the rise, electric vehicles are becoming more popular. Leading the pack of electric motorcycles is the 2012 Zero S. A new toothed-belt direct drive (to replace the previous, much noisier chain) and a new brushless, permanent magnet AC motor provides smoother response and promises no maintenance compared to the previous brush-type motor.
However, though improvements abound, there are some drawbacks, namely a low response from the throttle off the line. Thrill seekers looking to explode from a stop may be disappointed at first, but relatively strong torque will remain constant all the way up to 60 MPH. The lack of a transmission in the Zero S, and all other environmentally friendly models, means most of the acceleration happens in the mid-to-high speeds. Overall, the engine improvements and revamped framework make this a worthy contender to gas-powered engines, as you can handle the bike smoothly and easily through the city.