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S-8500 LR


 Top Speed
 Range at 55 mph
 Range at 70 mph
Continuous Power
Peak Power
78 mph
 80 miles
 60 miles
 8.5 Kw
 14 Kw

(Price includes a luggage box for the rear luggage rack) 

Z Electric Vehicle has the reputation as the manufacturer of “The World’s Fastest and Longest Range Electric Scooters”. We have pushed that claim with our S-8500 LR electric motor scooter boasting 130 km/80 mile range and speeds to 128 km/h /78 mph.

The S-8500 LR utilizes the largest lithium battery pack possible, larger than any competing motor scooter and the vast majority of electric motorcycles.  The total battery capacity of 6 Kwh is larger than found in most hybrid cars. This battery pack utilizes 2nd Generation Li-ion LFMP chemistry. This type of lithium battery is used in all ZEV models and is unusual as they have eight connection fasteners on each battery instead of the normal two. (Each terminal end has 4 fasteners) This makes it virtually impossible for the battery to vibrate and loosen the terminal connections. 

84 volt nominal system, 60 ah battery cells.

Unique among performance electric vehicles, ZEV products use a hub motor where the motor is contained completely inside the rear wheel. The outside of the motor is the tire rim and the axle is fixed as the stator, thereby eliminating all moving parts except the bearings. This eliminates the need for maintenance of a chain or belt drive and the efficiency losses that arise from using chains and belts. The time needed for the motor to spool up in rpm to generate power like bikes that are powered by a small diameter motor through a chain or belt is also eliminated making the bike very responsive and quick. The torque is instantaneous.

At the same amps and volts, the torque of an electric motor goes up as the cube of the diameter, so that the 12-inch in diameter ZEV motor has radically more torque than all other competitors in production. For example, a ZEV has 145 Nm of torque, compared to 63 Nm for the nearly twice as expensive Brammo Empulse which consumes far more amps. To further eliminate wear points, all ZEV motors are brushless, the industry standard.

The S-8500 LR was created in response to customers asking for the range of the T-8500, but in the sleeker styling of the standard S-7100. While sharing the same hub motor, controller, and battery pack as the already in production for a year T-8500, the new S-8500 LR is a very different vehicle. Obviously the style is very different as the T-8500 has a double frame chassis to carry extreme loads, and a longer wheelbase than the S-8500 LR. The shorter wheelbase and the way that the weight is positioned in the chassis make the S-8500 LR have a more sporty feel being able to be flicked about on a curvy road more aggressively compared to the T-8500.


•Max speed 75 mph (standard controller), upright position, or 78 mph but tucked down per Motorcycle Industry test procedure.

•Vehicle Empty Weight 406.4 lbs

•Vehicle Gross Weight 759 lbs

•Carrying load 352 lbs 

•Max Range at highway speeds of 80 miles at 50 mph

•Max Range at Interstate speeds of 60 miles at average of 70 mph.

Each 8500 LR includes a luggage box for the rear.

Additional storage space for small items such as rain gear can be fitted into the area under the seat before and aft of the battery.

DARE TO COMPARE - The only competitor bike with performance to match the ZEV is the new BMW C Evolution.  The specifications are almost identical.  The underseat storage is similar.  But the BMW is about two times the price of the ZEV.  

To get a grip on just how good this ZEV is when compared against the mega expensive bikes costing far more money like the Brammo and ZERO, consider the October 2012 test by an owner of a ZEV 7100 testing a ZERO S costing $14,000:

"As you know, Zero Motorcycles is based in Scotts Valley, CA, about 5 minutes north of here. I finally got a chance to ride one of the 2012 S models about two weeks ago on "Plug in day" It's pretty cool in general. The Zero cruised the freeway at 70mph (while the speedo indicated 85mph. The usual silliness) Things I didn't like were the price ($14K), the lack of storage or space for a passenger, and, you might have guessed, the throttle response. This bike has a claimed 20kW of power, but, from a stop, there is no acceleration until you open the throttle > 80% A couple times, I just sat there, wobbling, waiting for the bike to finally take off. After a few tries, you just nail the throttle to get going. But, because the "active" region where you get meaningful control is so small, it becomes tricky to modulate the take off when following cars. Their mechanical engineer at the event claimed that the throttle was set up this way to keep from damaging the 400A controller by discouraging abrupt take offs. Not very convincing to me."

In comparison to the ZERO,  ZEV only needs to run 120 A in its controller given the advantage of the large diameter motor so that the torque and power is instantaneous.  We do not worry about customers damaging the controller with "abrupt take offs".  We encourage them instead.  Zippy performance is our trademark.

"Zev 8500LR in China. It towers above everything else, in size, quality, performance and looks. At last I can now explore outside the city and travel from city to city. So happy to have this electric bike."  R. Allen, Beihai China.

"Everyday, people look at the bike and ask questions. If I stay stationary for more than a minute I have a small crowd starts to gather. Yesterday the traffic police came over to me and looked all round the bike, smiled and said beautiful bike. They never asked about my licence (I still haven't received the number plate but have the receipt if they want to see it)."     Ron, S China



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