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Comparing 2013 Zero S against 2013 Brammo Empulse R

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This test-drive-review-video by Motorcycle.com compares the two leading electric motorcycles of 2013, the 2013 Zero S and the 2013 Brammo Empulse R. The first contrast made is to claim the Zero is simpler, no transmission etc means that someone can just get on and ride, while the Empulse R requires more involvement from the rider due to the transmission. Brammo has an advantage in charging time due to built-in J1772 port and 3 kW charging, versus the Zero having built-in 120 volt charging at 1 kW. The Empulse in that era had a beefier controller than did the Zero S, it wasn't until one or two years later that Zero started supplying a beefier controller in the Zero SR model. Bottom line, the Zero is a better commuter bike while the Brammo is a better sport bike.

2013 Brammo Empulse R vs Zero S ZF11.4

With 100-mph top speeds and purported ranges beyond 100 miles, the 2013 Zero S and Brammo Empulse are the most advanced electric motorcycles in mass production. Let's see which bike comes out on top.
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