Zero Motorcycles to Manufacture More in Santa Cruz

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In January, Scotts Valley PD became the first law enforcement agency in California to buy Zero DS electric motorcycles. The DS has a range of up to 50 miles and is highway legal. (Credit: Zero Motorcycles)

The new facility in Santa Cruz is expected to double the company’s current production capacity, and then some.

Zero recently announced a $1.84 million ‘next generation’ powertrain project. Said Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations: "Quality Control at the highest levels means personally inspecting each bike as it comes off the assembly line. Moreover, in the spirit of continual improvement and innovation, we believe that having our manufacturing and engineering teams collaborating within the same space gives us both an operational and developmental competitive advantage."

The new facility will bring Zero’s total production space to 34,000 square feet and is supported by a redevelopment grant from the city of Scotts Valley.

The company expects to roll out the first production motorcycle by the end of February. And hire twenty-five more employees before the end of the year.

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From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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  1. I am working on a solar&Wind Powered EV Charging station for this and other EVs. Too bad I can not get an architect to finalize the drawing. It is amazing the amount of blockage that the State provides. ,

  2. Oh I did not mention Duffy Boats 100 Muskrat Road Adelante California. since 1946