I recently got a press release from the Vectrix Scooter company and while I generally ignore press releases, this one excites me. I am trying to build an electric motorcycle and have been struggling with the speed vs range limitations. The Vectrix seems to have solved this problem and may offer an alternative to a build it yourself electric scooter.
The Vectrix Super-Scooter: Electricity Moves Fast
The electric motorbike that performs like a petrol model is here
- Vectrix is green - but it accelerates from 0 to 50 mph in just 6.8 seconds
- No petrol, no emissions, no noise, no Congestion Charge - just twist and go
- Simultaneous world launch takes place in London and Milan this month
Got a green-minded conscience but don’t want to be left at the traffic lights? The Vectrix is the answer. The first electric motorbike to perform like a petrol-fuelled machine, Vectrix is set to transform the way we look at green commuting. It’s emissions-free and quiet but - vitally - it’s designed for motorcyclists rather than simply for environmentalists. The first speedy, good-looking, reliable and fun alternative to the petrol bike, Vectrix hits London’s streets on April 30th.
Equivalent in power and size to a 400cc maxi-scooter, the Super-Scooter runs equally on innovation and electrical current. Conceived by former members of Lockheed Martin’s aerospace division and developed over ten years by Vectrix, the Super-Scooter is packed with pioneering features such as DAaRTT throttle technology, whereby twisting the throttle towards you allows smooth acceleration and twisting it away from you allows you to slow down smoothly. Regenerative braking recycles energy back into the battery as you slow down, extending your ride. The innovation is backed by solid performance - the Vectrix’s torque is as strong as that of a Ducati 900, enabling riders to weave swiftly through stationary traffic and overtake with confidence. With a top speed of more than 60mph, you’re looking at life in the fast lane - and, when you’re finished riding, parking is a breeze with the slow-speed reverse function.
Convenience is fitted as standard. You can ride the Vectrix for 68 miles on a mere two-hour charge from a standard electrical socket. There’s free meter and pay and display parking in many city areas and, for a nominal yearly administration fee, London Vectrix owners will receive unlimited recharging at any of the 300 recharging points that are set to become fixtures on London’s streets by the end of 2007.
It’s not just the earth that benefits when you switch to a Vectrix - you do too, as the Vectrix is exempt from road tax and the dreaded London Congestion Charge. And, maintenance-wise, we’re looking at few moving parts - which translates to less repairs and an extended vehicle life.
Alex Bamberg, MD of Vectrix UK says: “Vectrix is a global first; an electric vehicle like no other. Its speed, long range and responsiveness give it all the benefits of a traditional motorcycle without the noise, pollution and excessive maintenance.”
- No gimmick: Ten years in the making, Vectrix is built with world-class components from manufacturers like Brembo (suppliers of brakes to Ferrari), Getrag Gears (suppliers of transmissions to Mercedes, Audi and Porsche) and Pirelli, the Vectrix Super-Scooter holds its own on the road.
- Cheaper to run: see running costs below.
- Convenient and reliable: ride for 68 miles on a two-hour charge from a recharging station or any regular three-pin electrical socket. An electric brushless air-gap motor means minimal maintenance - and the battery is designed to last for a minimum of ten years.
- Green: Vectrix is emissions-free if you buy your electricity on a green tariff. The quiet electric motor is the answer to a city choked with smog and noise and a way to combat climate change. A Vectrix Super-Scooter has by far the lowest carbon footprint rating of any similarly-performing vehicle.
Vectrix Running Costs - it makes sense to your pocket
20 pence’s worth of electricity at home gives you enough charge for 68 miles
That’s less than 1/3 of a penny per mile - or 1000 miles for less than three quid.
Vectrix is exempt from road tax and the Congestion Charge, and you can park it for free in electric vehicle parking bays - more of which are appearing all the time.
Free meter and pay and display parking in many city areas
Unlimited recharging at London recharging points for a nominal yearly fee
Vectrix hits the road on April 30th with simultaneous world launches in London and Milan. To see the future of city transport for yourself, come along to New Spitalfields Market where you’ll have the opportunity to watch the Vectrix Super-Scooter in action and to take one for a spin (or enjoy a pillion ride) on a specially constructed indoor track.