A recently announced incentive offer by Zero Motorcycles may be the company’s continued commitment to advance environmentally friendly transportation, or merely a creative twist on moving year-old product.
In either case, motorcyclists looking for a pure electric powertrain two-wheeler can save $2,500 toward the purchase of a 2012 Zero motorcycle by trading in a gasoline engine motorcycle.
Zero’s Cash for Carbon trade-in program could mean sizeable savings on a 2012 model motorcycle from Zero when consumers factor in the federal tax credit that was extended in the so-called fiscal cliff deal. The credit may give a savings of 10 percent, up to a maximum of $2,500, on the purchase of a two- or three-wheeled vehicle.
The price tag on 2012 Zero S ZF9, with a claimed range of 114 miles from its 9.0-kilowatt-hours battery, could drop from $13,995 to $8,995 using the Cash for Carbon incentive and the above noted federal tax savings.
Other savings from state tax incentives as well as from individual Zero dealers could make a serious dent in the MSRP of one of Zero’s 2012 model-year motorcycles.
“Similar to the ‘cash for clunkers’ government promotion in 2009, Zero aims to entice traditional internal combustion engine motorcycle owners to make the switch to electric,” said Scot Harden , Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles.
“In offering a $2,500 trade in bonus for new customers, we expect this promotion to be a great sales tool for our nationwide dealer network.”
The trade-in offer ends March 31, 2013.