Zero Motorcycles and IMI unite to increase access of the world’s leading full-sized all-electric motorcycles into existing and new markets alike.
Zero Motorcycles and Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) have announced a new manufacturing collaboration to increase the availability of full-sized all-electric motorcycles in existing and new markets. As part of this collaboration, IMI will begin to assemble Zero Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle models and sub-assemblies in their facility located in Laguna, Philippines. This will be done in conjunction with the manufacturing facilities for Zero located in Scotts Valley, California.
Zero Motorcycles has been at the forefront of innovation in the electric motorcycle industry, with recent noteworthy collaborations. Through their “Design the Future” development program, Zero partnered with design firm HUGE Design to create a one-of-a-kind custom-built SR-X. The company also announced a strategic collaboration with Hero MotoCorp to develop a new line of premium electric motorcycles, further cementing their position as a key player in the industry. These moves reflect Zero’s clear focus on expanding their reach and production capacity in preparation for more international expansion.
The modular assemblies and complete motorcycles supplied by IMI will be delivered to Zero’s customers and dealers globally with a primary focus on the European and Asian markets. This will allow Zero Motorcycles to efficiently scale up its production to meet the rapidly growing demand for their products and improve customer delivery and satisfaction in the fast-growing EV market.
The manufacturing process will involve both the full assembly of motorcycles as well as partial, modular assemblies to be finally completed by Zero manufacturing teams, together with the battery module and electronics of the vehicle. IMI was chosen as the partner due to their expertise in both electronics manufacturing and motorcycle assembly, all located under one roof.
“We are thrilled to partner with IMI and bring their expertise in electronics manufacturing and motorcycle assembly to the Zero Motorcycles lineup of products,” said Zero Motorcycles CEO, Sam Paschel. “Expanding our manufacturing footprint into a new region allows Zero Motorcycles to efficiently scale up to meet the rapidly growing demand for our products and improve customer delivery and satisfaction in the fast-growing EV market.”
Mass production is projected to start as early as the second quarter of 2023 utilizing IMI’s current capability for assembling motorcycles coupled with efforts to develop localization of certain components and parts. IMI CEO, Arthur R. Tan, stated, “IMI is excited to partner with Zero Motorcycles and help bring their innovative electric motorcycles to the world. This collaboration aligns with our commitment to supporting companies in their growth and sustainability efforts while providing high-quality manufacturing services.”
The facility in Laguna, Philippines, will play a crucial role in Zero Motorcycles’ expansion into the global market and will support the company’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainable transportation while increasing its market share. IMI’s parent company, Ayala Corporation (AC Industrials), has made great strides toward sustainability, and the collaboration with Zero is expected to open more possible synergies with AC Industrials in the future.
With this new manufacturing collaboration, Zero Motorcycles is well positioned to meet the growing demand for electric motorcycles in existing and new markets. The partnership between Zero Motorcycles and IMI brings together two industry leaders in their respective fields to provide high-quality, sustainable products for the rapidly growing EV market.