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    Zero announces major upgrades for 2022

    Here is the latest news from Zero that was contained in their email to me today:

    A LEAP FORWARD

    We’re the company that defined the electric motorcycle category, and we’re pushing the bar higher than we ever have before with three massive new stories beginning with a pair of all-new Z-Force batteries.

    ZF14.4+ kWh & ZF15.6+ kWh
    Packing more energy into the same footprint wasn’t enough for us, so we decided to go even bigger than that. The all-new 14.4+ kWh and 15.6+ kWh batteries not only pack more energy than before, they also have the ability to grow their capacity as your needs as a rider change, as well.

    CYPHER STORE UPGRADES
    Zero Motorcycles’ proprietary operating system gets an update to the all-new Cypher III+ which enables owners to customize their rides at the touch of a button. Performance and feature upgrades are all available on-demand through the Cypher Store.

    THE ALL NEW SR
    Bringing these groundbreaking technologies together into a completely new model is the 2022 SR, the world’s most adaptable motorcycle. Customize everything from battery capacity, charge time, features, on-screen turn-by-turn navigation, and so much more all at your fingertips.

    The new ZF 14.4+ kWh batteries come stock on all Standard trim SR/F and SR/S whereas the Premium trims receive more base range thanks to the 15.6+ kWh Power Pack. Plus, maxing out the Cypher Store upgrades on these bikes and pairing them with the option Power Tank accessory (available Spring 2022) gets the highest on-board battery capacity Zero's ever had with nearly 21 kWh of energy!

    Zero is the only company in the world that can bring motorcycles that truly grow with their owners, and these 2022 models are only available from your local Zero Dealer!


    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    " grow their capacity as your needs as a rider change, as well."

    Marketing speak for, "We have limited % SoC charge in the past to slow degradation, but now we won't."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren View Post
    " grow their capacity as your needs as a rider change, as well."

    Marketing speak for, "We have limited % SoC charge in the past to slow degradation, but now we won't."
    Do you think it's that simple? they've had the 14.4 for 4 years. And looking back, about every 2 years they'd get a modest bump in capacity. It's not like cell tech has been sitting still for 4 years. They say they have added active air cooling, although in Zero speak that usually doesn't mean they didn't have it before, it's just different now. But they also have trimmed 6lbs off the pack. What if 15.6kWhr is the new capacity, but they have buried 'range mode' in the app menu somewhere to give you access to 17.3kWhr on your weekend canyon carving. And they just limited the base models to 14.4kWhr because . . . honest to god I don't know why. But they did.

    Maybe they are the same cells but with the hopefully better cooling they can use more of them with less degradation concerns?

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    I am pretty sure they have higher energy density cells now, hence the higher capacity, and reduced weight. But hiding some of the capacity, and pretending to be able to "grow" capacity for longer trips is bizarre marketing. I have always been able to limit charge on every battery powered device I have ever owned, simply by shutting down the charge early. Sometimes the charger allows presetting this shutdown, like on my electric bicycles, and our Chevy Bolt. But nobody was pretending this was some sort of amazing new feature.

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    OK.

    Oh sweet you have a Bolt too. Have you got your new pack yet? I have a 2020 so I'm assuming it's gonna be a while.

    Wait, slightly confused. Do you use the charge limit in the car or do you do that through the charger? And just curious what charge are you using?

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    We've had our Bolt LT since July 2017. Always use the in-car hilltop setting (~88%) charge setting. If we are going on longer than a day trip, we set it to 100%. I have unplugged early, if i need to go somewhere before end of charge, or in a thunderstorm. At DC fast chargers, we shut down when we have enough. This can be done from the car, charger, or app. I envy your 2020 having the option to choose any setting from 40% to 100% in 5% increments. It's only software, but GM doesn't do updates. You need to buy a new car to get the newest software. :-(

    There are EVSEs with their own charge limit options, but ours is plain vanilla.

    Don't expect a new pack until next summer, if then. Fortunately, we have a distant, detached garage, and always charge to hilltop anyway, so nothing has changed for us. Bought the Bolt, thinking it would be our last car. If it doesn't burn up before they replace the battery, that will still be the case.

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    Here is a link to a Popular Science magazine article discussing Zero's 2022 battery improvements: https://www.popsci.com/technology/ze...-battery-tech/
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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