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ZERO MOTORCYCLES GRANT FOR ADVANCED ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWERTRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND PILOT MANUFACTURING IN CALIFORNIA

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Zero Motorcycles developed a motor and integrated controller specifically for use in small electric vehicles — including motorcycles, neighborhood electric vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles. The electric vehicle company based in Santa Cruz designed a cost-effective, scalable manufacturing process that allows them to produce the powertrains for less than $450 each. The motors are being used on Zero Motorcycles’s 2013 model year electric motorcycles, featuring 68 foot-pounds of torque and 54 horsepower.

This project has successfully been completed as of March 2013.

Grant Amount

$900,272

Match Funding

The project team provide match funding of $938,000 of match.

Project Benefits

The state grant boosts manufacturing jobs in Santa Cruz County, which had an unemployment rate of 15 percent in early 2010. Zero Motorcycles, based in Santa Cruz, has a 15,000 square foot facility in Scott’s Valley that employs more than 50 people. Each powertrain that replaces a traditional gasoline-powered motorcycle engine will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent, gasoline use by 70 gallons per year and tailpipe emissions by 100 percent.

Grant Agreement Number: ARV-10-013

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