By Jonathan Welsh
January 26, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire ) – Electric-motorcycle maker Zero Motorcycles says it plans to open a new manufacturing plant next to its Scotts Valley, Calif., headquarters that will more than double the company’s production capacity. The company says keeping its manufacturing operations “shoulder to shoulder” with research and development will give it an advantage over rivals by helping it get new bikes to market faster.
The company also recently announced a $1.84 million project to develop what it calls its next-generation power train. Zero says its continued growth will result in a broader variety of options for motorcycle shoppers and more green jobs in the U.S.
“With this exciting new expansion, we reconfirm our commitment to building the best electric motorcycles in the world as well as creating U.S. based manufacturing jobs”, said Steve Salyer, Zero’s vice president of operations.
The new factory will boost Zero’s production space to 34,000 square feet and reflects an increase in demand around the world for electric motorcycles, the company says. While sales of electric motorcycles in the U.S. are relatively small, there is enough global demand to sustain Zero and other electric-vehicle companies. Renovation work on the new plant is scheduled to begin soon, with the first production motorcycles expected to roll out by late February 2011. The company plans to add twenty-five employees by mid-2011.
You can watch videos of Zero’s electric bikes by clicking here.
SOURCE:Wall Street Journal