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Zero touts electric motorcycle

Rugged all-electric Zero DS motorcycle now available in the U.S.

The Zero DS Zero Motorcycles

The all-electric Zero DS motorcycle from start-up Zero Motorcycles became available in the U.S. on Thursday.

For $9,950, U.S. drivers can ride both on and off-road free from carbon guilt.

In addition to running on a power pack of lithium-ion batteries, the all-electric motorcycle is made of 100 percent recyclable materials. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based motorcycle manufacturer claims all the bike's materials are nontoxic and that even the battery pack is "landfill-approved."

The motorcycle has a range of 50 miles per charge, and can be charged from any standard 110- or 220-volt outlet, according to Zero's own specs.

The environmentally-friendly motorcycle has a top speed of 55 mph.

While it seems like a great alternative for getting around town, I'm not convinced the next biker band will be singing about a wild "C-Free Rider."

But one never knows. Zero has begun hosting a 24-hour electric motorcycle endurance race that could gain a following.