SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, was recently awarded a $900,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to begin development of a new advanced compact electric powertrain project. Additional matching funds from the city of Santa Cruz, and other contributors brings the total allotment to more than $1,840,000. Zero's next generation powertrain technology will be developed near its headquarters in the city of Santa Cruz which stands to benefit by economic growth and job creation. As part of this program, Zero will leverage today's best technology by working with existing partners and electric drivetrain component suppliers. By combining the expertise of its internal development teams with leading component manufacturers, Zero has evolved a strategy to ensure that its electric motorcycles will remain leaders in performance, range and efficiency.