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ZEV Motorcycles

WELCOME TO THE ZEV MS Motorcycle Electric Vehicles !


Sleek full fairing weather protection and sport bike handling, with a huge cargo carrying “tank”. The ZEV M Series redefines the design and handling characteristics of motorcycles while giving a sport style bike the ability to have commuter and utility use.

M-11 S, M-13 S and M-15 S are in production.

M-35 S High Performance model detail post pending. The launch date has been delayed given our work overload resulting from the launch of the T3-1 Micro and getting the retail operations started in India. Not enough work hours in a day.


  • Various clipon handlebar grip height are available for rider comfort.
  • Track performance programs in the computer for maximum track performance for racing (battery warranty deleted)



  • Peak power motor output rating 55 kw
  • Motor Design – In wheel hub motor with oil cooling. 11.77 inches OD at the air gap.
  • Controller – 650 amp, regen, 3 speed touch button controls both amps and volts. Reverse function.
  • Front brake – right hand control, dual 260 mm discs, dual twin piston radial caliper
  • Rear brake – right foot control, single 220 mm disc, dual piston caliper.
  • Battery type – 100 ah cells, LFMP.
  • Charging time – 4.5 hours on 110 v, 3.25 on 220 v
  • Charger – Switch between 220 and 110 volt input. Not built into the bike. 15 amps, 1580 watts.
  • Seat height – 29.9 inches
  • Wheelbase – 55.74 inches / 1416 mm
  • Wheel Size – 17 inch front and rear, 3.5 rim width
  • Tire Size – Front 110/70-17, Rear 130/70-17
  • Tire Speed Rating H, 130 mph / 210 kmh
  • Tire Load Rating front 467 lb, rear 584 lb
  • Every bike has both a side and a center stand.
  • Reverse mode.
  • 37 mm lower front fork tubes.
  • Street tires, rain oriented.

Massive dual front radial caliper brakes

Massive dual front radial caliper brakes

As you would expect from engineers who first designed airplanes, the maximum attention was given to aerodynamic drag which translates into range on a given battery size and speed at a given power. All of the lines of the bike flow and integrate the rider into the air flow. Recognizing that very few riders run with their chin on the tank to minimize aerodynamic drag, the headlights were made very large to become part of the windscreen, and to increase the riders visibility both to see and be seen. The front turn signals are built into the body, with the front made at a chisel angle to create down force for stability.

With the lessons learned from the worlds most efficient electric motorcycle, the ZEV LRC, the M Series is 1/2 the frontal area of the LRC and roughly the same drag coefficient for an extremely range efficient bike.

Headlights and windshields are different for the USA from Europe. European model shown below. USA model at page top.

Every light on the bike including the main headlights are LED for minimum power consumption, maximum be seen for safety light. The headlights are ringed in bright LED lights The tail light and rear turn signals are of course LED.

ZEV is one of the very first companies in the industry with a bike on the market with LED headlights. The headlights are just incredible. They are extremely brilliant, pure white with an amp draw a fraction of standard lights.

The tail light and the turn signals are also brilliant LEDS

To insure that following drivers quickly understand that the bike is braking, in addition to the rear light getting brighter with brake application, a send set of brake lights below the license plate. This causes a shift in the light pattern to catch the following drivers attention. 36 watts of additional LED light.

To further increase visibility and to identify the unique ZEV, the flying V in the side of the M bike is back lit by blue LED through a transparent panel in the bike side.

Both digital and analog readout speedometers side by side in either mph or kmh. Battery level on the right. Digital voltmeter for the most accurate battery state read out on the left.

With the electric hub motor in the 17 inch rear wheel, the chassis can mount the battery extremely low freeing up all of the space toward the top of the bike. That space then can be the equivalent of a huge tank bag.

Until now, the problem with most motorcycles, is how and where to stow your gear. Electric hub motor drive enables the solution. Compared to any other built into the body or tank electric bike storage, theirs are just tiny to the point of being useless.

The LED running lights make a distinct down the road recognition pattern to on coming traffic to increase your safety.

The ZEV motorcycle chassis is made in the USA in WV from mild steel tubing and sheet (battery box). Battery pack for the 72 v nominal MS-11 and 13 shown below. 24 cells of 100 ah GBS lithium. In this form the entire “gas tank” is an empty storage box for maximum utility.

Chassis creation – welding jig formed subsections together

Sub frame section final welding

One of the main goals of the ZEV design was to make this type of bike able to be ridden by more people.

  • Sport bikes are usually not able to be ridden by many people due to their usual very high seat height of 32-34 inches. The ZEV M series uses an industry low height of 29.9 inches.
  • The seat also tapers toward the front so that riders can move forward when stopped and reach the ground even more easily. A man with a 30 inch inseam can set flat footed on the bike.
  • Sport bike style designs usually carry the weight very high in the chassis. But the ZEV has the CG and battery pack much lower than any competitor in the entire market be it ZERO, Victory, or any other. Up to 9 inches lower. This makes the bike much more easy to handle and sharply reduces weight transfer on acceleration and braking.
  • These factors of seat height, and CG are significant in a sport bike due to the fact that the handlebars are in fact clip on style bars of less length and height than standard one piece bars for less leverage to handle the bike. We compensate with the lowered weight and lowered seat and a slightly raised clip on bar position.
  • In addition, to make low speed maneuvering and parking easier we added an industry first – reverse. You can back into spaces or back and fill to position the bike right where you need it. This eliminates the need to muscle the bike around with the short low bars.

Moving the motor into the rear wheel and being able to lower the battery pack allows for a significant decrease in the height of the center of gravity of the bike and eliminating the usual front weight bias of the vast number of motorcycle by simultaneously moving the CG rearward.

  • On hard braking, the lower CG does not want to rotate around the front axle and pick up the rear wheel as most bikes do or cause dive induced instability from loss of rake and trail geometry and mash the front suspension down.
  • On hard acceleration, the front end does not tend to wheelie nor is fancy traction control needed to keep your front end planted as you punch out of a corner. The drive sprocket on the engine/motor does not exist so it is not trying to climb the chain/belt.
  • Just as high performance cars strive to have an ideal near 50/50 weight distribution, achieving balance on a motorcycle creates big benefits.
  • On hard braking, the weight of the motor in the rear wheel out at the extreme end of the wheelbase stops the rear wheel from lifting. Now we can put larger brakes on the rear wheel with less fear of breaking the tail loose. Now we can run double 260 mm front discs and big radial calipers as the front tire has to deal with less weight shift (and therefore geometry change).
  • The goal of ZEV was to give you a bike that can come howling to a stop in the panic stop avoidance of the SUV driver without the fear of the front or rear breaking loose easily.
  • No bike that wants to easily wheelie at either end is ever the fastest around a track. Modern bikes generally have to fix wheel lifting with electronic traction control. ZEV can tame the handling with weight distribution and CG.

The overall goal was a bike that would maximize stability, radically increase hard braking ability, minimize wheelies at both ends, and exploit the big hub motors great torque. On the street, where the ZEV was designed to run, the ZEV is simply a harder braking, more stable, safer, forgiving platform.



This bike is in re evaluation given the new June 2017 chassis and customer feedback. We can now fit more battery to raise the range. Throughout our model line, the customer call has constantly been for more range. Customers for the new LRC-X even asked for a decrease in acceleration and top speed to gain more range.

Max speeds, range, acceleration to be verified as soon as possible.

The M-35-S is intended to be an on command hard edged commuter and weekend bike. A thumb micro toggle switch on the right hand grip allows any of the 3 computer program modes to be entered at anytime. You can be rolling easily in econ mode and go straight to Performance mode. Drive the bike at legal speeds with moderate acceleration and the range is quite good, but the siren song of the Performance mode is hard to resist.

  • Range at 55 mph 140 miles
  • Range at 70 mph 80 miles
  • Max continuous speed 80 mph / 127 Kmh in Normal mode
  • Max speed in Normal mode Currently tested to 86 mph
  • Max speed in max Performance mode – Not yet track verified
  • Continuous power output 15 kw Normal mode
  • Motor Torque in normal mode – 280 Nm (206 lb ft) at 170 rpm measured at the air gap OD at 180 amps on the motor dyno.
  • Motor Torque in Max power mode – not yet on the chassis dyno.
  • Battery Capacity – 9.6 kWh
  • 4 volt nominal, 96 volts full charge.
  • Vehicle weight – 470 lbs (buyer can reduce with center stand removal


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