Riding a modified 2012 Zero S, Terry Hershner, an electric motorcycle advocate, logged 3,500 miles in only six days of riding. Beginning his trip in Florida, Hershner garnered 1,000 miles before heading west. Four days and 2,500 miles later he arrived in west Texas.

To make the trip in such short time Hershner modified his Zero S, reducing charging time significantly. Utilizing three Delta Q QuiQ chargers, two Elcon PFC 2500 chargers and a J1772 car charging port Hershner was able to recharge his Zero S in less than one hour, compared to the eight hours it would normally take using only a standard charger. During the course of this adventure Hershner alternated between 45 minutes of riding and 45 minutes of charging.

“I just wanted to prove a point and show that we aren’t far away from real cross country travel on electrical vehicles. My Zero performed flawlessly and allowed me to cover an average of 500 miles a day,” said Terry Hershner. “I also learned a lot about the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and while we’ve made great progress there is still a ways to go to build the system out on a national basis. I hope to showcase the growing infrastructure by doing similar cross country rides in the future.

Hershner will be looking to set the first coast to coast electric motorcycle record by departing Santa Cruz, California, at the end of December and making his way back to Orlando, Florida. Photos and updates of Hersher’s return trip will be posted at Facebook.com/Life off the Grid.

“Terry Hershner is a pioneer in the world of electric motorcycles. His determination to accomplish such a feat speaks volumes about his character and we are thankful to have him as part of the Zero family,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “This also speaks volumes about the future of electric motorcycles. The Zero S performed flawlessly and is now ready for its trip back home to Florida.”

  • Bill

    45 minutes of riding and 45 minutes of charging is hardly “close” to anything. While an interesting accomplishment, think of the actual time wasted waiting to recharge. I can ride for 200 miles on 5 gallons of gas which at 60 takes a little over 3 hours. I can refill the tank in 3 minutes if I am slow. 600 miles is roughly 9 hours of riding at 60mph. With stops every 45 minutes and a length of 45 minutes per stop that is 10 hours of stopped time, not to mention the time to actually travel the 600 miles still. My math may not be perfect but you get the idea.

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  • Zack

    Electric vehicles have a lot of potential and are faster than ICEs. But Petrol Mafia and Government Mafia just wouldn’t let them in. There will be taxes, taxes and taxes if only just because electricity is cheaper than gasoline.

  • Bill

    Zack is right. For now the government will tolerate it because there’s not many of them and they carry mostly one person. But if they came out in droves mark my words they would stop that in a hurry.

  • Kevin

    I want to congratulate Mr. Hershner for showing the skeptics that electric vehicles can go the distance. Keep riding and stay safe!

  • protomech


    45 minutes riding / 45 minutes charging is a decent start, though certainly it is slower than gas today. Keep in mind this is equivalent to riding across the country buying your gas by the pint at drug stores.. the infrastructure for doing so is in a very nascent state.

    The 2013 Zero ZF1

  • protomech


    While Terry has modified the charging capability of his 2012 bike extensively, the stock 2013 Zero S ZF11.4 is rated at 85 miles @ 55 mph or 70 miles @ 70 mph with a 1 hour charge at a CHAdeMO station .. and this uses less than a third of the power capacity of the CHAdeMO station (DC quick charging).

    CHAdeMO stations are few and far between on the ground in the US (more common in Japan and Europe), but in the future they (or the competing SAE standard) will allow 2-3 hours of riding with 30 minute charging stops.