The ZEV 7100 is the same basic bike as the S-8500LR, but with a little more power given it is lighter. It also uses 40 ah cells instead of the 60 ah cells of the 8500LR for lower cost and less range. This yields a feather light, quick accelerating bike that loves to be tossed through the corners. While there are lots of promises by companies showing prototypes or promises from non volume production bike companies, the S-7100 is real and available today, not paper and promises. The speed of the S-7100 is exceeded only by the LRC 10 and S-8500LR which pulls a slight advantage in speed and acceleration.
This bike’s primary design goal was to be a commuter bike that could run on the highway at speeds to over 70 mph and complete a 50 mile round trip with ease.The bike can run +116 km/h / 72 mph speeds with a 6 ft tall, 190 lb. rider sitting upright in only a 1/4 mile / .4 km standing start even with the standard controller. The ZEV7100 will run 130 kph / 78 mph from a dead stop in a 1/3rd mile run on a SAE standard conditions day with a 165 lb. rider using the high power Alpine controller (8500 watts output).
OPTIONAL 8500 WATT VERSION
Look closer and you will see that this bike is really a sport bike in disguise. The visual cues are there: the big, no flex swingarm for excellent handling, the high end gas shocks that only expensive sport bikes approaching $10,000 have. Notice the modular wheel and motor system that is only sold on a ZEV. Under the bodywork is a high torsional rigid frame unlike any “scooter” comprised of 1.25 OD steel tubing. This is not a little scooter despite its very light weight. The wheelbase is 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) longer than a Honda CBR1000 RR chassis for excellent high speed handling. The ground clearance is excellent with no grounding in the curves in road racing.
We put the bike to the test in Intermot Electric Scooter Roadracing. Thirty minutes of flat-out racing and the motor and controller only got warm. After thirty minutes of racing we put the bike back out on the demonstrator program without stopping to charge so that people could drive the bike and see what makes it so special.
Take the 7100 out on the highway and run. Push the shift button for the power boost into second and third as you go up through the “gears” on our Electronic Transmission and feel the power roll on.
Cruising at less than all-out speeds this bike has yielded 55 to 70 miles (112 – 88 km) of useful range for beta test riders (depending on terrain, speed, weather, and rider weight).
Faster than any of the advertised speeds of any other electric motor scooter. Compare the advertised specifications listed on other company web sites and brochures.
Hill climbing ability better than any other electric motor scooter on the market even with our standard motor.
Best warranty in the industry. Two years on everything but the battery. One year on the battery.
Maximum Speed – 130 kph / 78 mph + (rated in a 1/3rd mile run on an SAE standard day with a 165 lb rider with the bike within 10 minutes of coming off of the charger) with the 8500 watt variant. The standard bike will run 121 kmh / 75 mph.
Range – depends upon terrain, speed, weather, load. Our range is measured on flat land on standard day conditions.
These stats come from actual driving by customers under less than steady state driving on flatland and the above seems to hold true. At the extremes we have several riders driving 25-30 miles a day one way on the highway at highway speeds of 65-70 mph. Similarly, riders in heavy urban traffic with lots of stops and power consuming acceleration away from the light get about 25 miles range. (All range stated is not to the point of a dead battery, but rather than range, it is the distance that customers are actually driving one way without recharging)
For those riders seeking even longer range, the T-7100 and the S-8500 LR have 50% longer range because of their larger battery size.
4 Kw lithium battery capacity.
BMS (Battery Management System) built into the connectors between the battery cells.
Energy saving 3-speed “Electronic Transmission” controller available in 3 different power settings.
Battery pack seated as low as possible in the chassis to put the bike mass at the axle. Only 6.5 inches from the ground to the battery box bottom. This is a radically lower center of gravity than bikes like the Victory or ZERO electric motorcycles that carries their battery weight above the axle and its CG near the top of the wheel. This allows our bike to be panic-stopped without picking up the back wheel or diving down on the front wheel.
Seating For Two with under seat storage, and a luggage rack: The 7100 has a big seat ample for two full sized adults. That lack of seat space and a luggage rack on those bikes means it is not very usable in daily use. You have no place to strap down your load or carry your girlfriend or wife or friend.
This bike is assembled in the USA with a US VIN number and USA Certificates of Origin. There are no registration problems like may occur with the Chinese LX VIN Series bikes.
The S-7100 is fully compliant with all EPA and DOT rules and regulations.