Really, unless you can charge at work for free, there will likely be costs attached to charging somewhere else. I mean if a restaurant allows you to charge your Zero, you should include some portion of the $30 you spend for lunch there if otherwise you would have dined at McDonalds for $7. Electric vehicles are much more expensive than a similar performing gas vehicles. A new Zero S costs $14,000 new and has a max. range of 114 miles if you creep along.... 60 mile range or less for the rest of us normal riders. The top speed is about 80 mph. A 2012 Ninja 250 costs $4200, goes about 95 mph and at 50 miles per gallon and $3.50/gal gas, you could ride for 140,000 miles on the Ninja before you caught up with the initial cost of the Zero. While the Zero does not require oil changes and tune ups, it still does use electricity...about .60 per charge, plus there was the $600 or so extra in taxes for the more expensive Zero. Electricity will cost about a penny a mile, so that would be $1400 for 140,000 miles plus the $600 in sales tax for a total additional in hidden costs of $2,000 which easily covers your oil changes and tune-ups for the Ninja. There might be maintenace costs associated with the Zero motor, charger, and controller too that a Ninja does not have. The Zero is much more expensive than a similar-sized gas bike. It appeals to people who want something novel, quiet, and green.
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