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Zero Motorcycles Cash for Carbon trade-in program takes $1,500 off your purchase

The Zero SR/F and SR/S are part of the Cash for Carbon offer.

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles

The all-electric lineup of Zero Motorcycles delivers the power and performance many motorcyclists are seeking without a drop of fuel. Now, the automaker is delivering a deal on them as well.

Through August 15, buyers can trade-in any gas motorcycle for a $1,500 instant credit for any new Zero SR/S or SR/F motorcycle. This amount is in addition to any trade in value Zero dealerships are currently offering. When combined with the North America Federal Tax Credit buyers have the potential of saving nearly $4,000 on a new model.

The 2020 Zero Motorcycles SR/F is a looker with true motorcycle design and plenty of power.Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles

The Zero SR/S has a top speed 124 mph and can deliver 110 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of peak torque. The company says that it takes about 80 minutes to charge its 14.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery to 95 percent with the 6-kilowatt-hour Rapid Charge upgrade. It has 161 miles of range in city driving, which an be upgraded to 200 miles of range with the available Power Tank.

Zero's SR/F is a more performance-focused motorcycle than the SR/S. It offers the same power specs as the SR/S but is 20 pounds lighter (485 vs 505 in standard trims and 498 vs. 516 in premium trims). Despite being lighter, the SR/F can carry more weight (515 vs 495 pounds in standard trims and 502 vs. 484 in premium trims).

With the $1,500 credit but without other discounts and credits factored in, the Zero SR/S starts at $19,995 and the SR/F starts $500 lower at $19,495.

Zero says that each full charge of the motorcycles costs just $1.61.

The motorcycles come standard with a two-year standard motorcycle warranty and a five-year/unlimited miles power pack warranty.

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Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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The new feature makes its debut with the F-150 Lightning.
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Ford's recent vehicle releases have generated huge interest and excitement, which has turned into big demand for the new models. The Bronco and Mustang Mach-E have both seen extended wait times for new orders, and are generally well-reviewed. The F-150 Lightning is coming soon as Ford's first electric pickup truck, and while it's already generated an astonishing number of reservations, its range estimates were just finalized and they're better than initially expected, which will likely stoke demand even more.

Ford F-150 LightningFirst-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubledautomotivemap.com

The 320-mile range estimate is 20 miles longer than Ford's original estimates, and puts the F-150 Lightning in a strong position. That said, the higher range number is only available on the XLT, Lariat, and Pro models, which are available with an extended-range battery. The Platinum trim comes standard with the long-range battery and is rated at up to 300 miles per charge. The 230-mile range offered by standard battery in the Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims matches Ford's initial estimates.

The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package. Ford

The Lightning is due soon. Ford saw massive demand for the truck, and had to limit reservations to prevent extended delays for customers. Though its numbers are strong, the F-150 Lightning's range falls short of the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, which features a 329-mile range. It's a bit better than the Rivian R1T, whose currently available batter pack limits range to 314 miles.

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