Vectrix - A Very Fast Electric Scooter
The Vectrix Electric Scooter is a fully electric rechargeable 'sports' scooter with performance specifications equivalent to a 400cc gasoline (petrol) powered maxi scooter. The Vectrix Scooter has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 80 km/h (50 mph) in 6.8 seconds and 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 3.1 seconds. The Vectrix Scooter is also a very sophisticated engineering design and uses 'top of the line' components and an aerospace technology aluminium frame developed in association with Lockheed Martin and Alcoa Aluminium.
The Vectrix Scooter is made by the Vectrix Corporation, which was founded in 1996 in the United States with a mission to develop a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) on a two-wheel based platform. Vectrix's headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Newport, Rhode Island, with their Test Facility and Engineering Development located in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The Vectrix Scooter has a range of 110 km (68 miles) on a full charge at a constant 40 km/h (25 mph) or approximately 5 hours of simulated urban driving. The batteries on the bike are Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and are rated at 125 V. There is an onboard built-in charger, so all you need to do after taking it for a ride is plug it in. Additionally there is regenerative braking to charge the battery during deceleration. The batteries can be charged in just 2 hours to 80% capacity off an electric 110/220 V outlet, and the expected battery life is 10 years or 80,000 km (50,000 miles), based upon 1700 charge cycles. The Vectrix's brakes are Brembo callipers front and rear, and the tires are Pirelli GTS 23 (120/70-14) on the Front and Pirelli GTS 24 (140/60-13) on the rear.
From the Vectrix USA Web Site (July 25, 2008) the Vectrix Scooter sells in the United States for an MSRP price of $9395.00 U.S. dollars. In Europe, prospective purchasers should contact a local Vectrix Dealer.