Just came across the above link to a page on the Zero Motorcycles website describing their distance-to-empty tests in three different scenarios: highway riding, urban stop-and-go, and low-speed cruising.
Other than some raw data and graphs, it talks about the factors that lead to better range (e.g. low speed, few stops, no hill climbing), and the factors that act against it.
Unfortunately, my commute has many of the negatives listed on the site, but until the malfunction I experienced last Friday, they were not enough to make me leave the scooter in the garage.
- High speed (the beginning and ending segments exceed 45 mph for almost two miles each)
- Stop and go (rush-hour traffic that includes stopping school busses and stop lights along the way)
- Elevation changes (8-12% grades each way)
- Heavier rider (I’m 170 lb, but the way Current Motor is marketing their decorative wraps and social-networking features, might suggest that they’re aiming at a female demographic, which according to NHANES in 2002 has an average weight of 163 lb)
- Cold weather (winter in the Seattle area is still ridable, but it is still winter–local ski areas have recently opened)
- Wet roads (Seattle)
- Cold power pack (winter)
The featured link was found on http://visforvoltage.org/forum/9971-detailed-range-data-c130-deluxe, but I could not find it by reading the Zero Motorcycle website about the Zero S itself.