As a new, or should we say revamped, company, Zero is pushing hard to get the ball rolling and has raised $26 million in funding. With the right attitude and a motivated new team, which Zero definitely has, there is no telling what might come charged and ready to rip out of the factory. Even then, Zero has quite a steep hill to climb being that it’s one of the pioneering manufacturers of electric motorcycles and is forced to go through a “trial and error” sort of learning curve. The list of changes for the new company goes on and on, whether it’s the endless list of ideas and parts that went into the new model or the exciting addition of experienced engineers and scientists who are working toward a perceived greener dirt bike future.At this stage, it’s almost unfair to compare the Zero MX to a gas-powered machine because they literally come from two different worlds. The gas engine world has been around for far longer and therefore has had much more time to grow and evolve. On the electric side, and in Zero’s case, there is far less data to use for reference, and the battery world is much younger and has a long way to go. Right now one of the biggest things holding back electric motorcycles is battery technology. With what is currently available, the Zero MX will last around 15 minutes when ridden hard. Other riders were able to get anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes out of a battery depending on how fast or aggressive they were riding. With a second battery, you can have twice as much ride time, and swapping them in and out is very simple and requires no tools. All it takes is unscrewing one knob, sliding out the bar the knob secures, unclipping the battery from the controller and out slips the battery. As easy as that sounds, it’s hard to justify the $2,995 price tag of an additional battery and charger. With two chargers, you can double charge your battery which cuts the charge time in half from two hours down to about an hour. If you’re charging a completely drained battery, charge time may be longer. Although some states offer rebates that cover the cost of the battery and charger, and can even knock down the price of the bike when everything is said and done, entry pricing is steep; try $9,495. Depending on how you look at it, you might walk away with an additional battery and charger for free.