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Vectrix Electric Scooter

By James - 4/26/2007

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.”

Vectrix is:
- 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.



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  1. Has nobody yet realised that in the fine print that the range of 62 miles is only acheivable at a speed of 25mph!! Whats the point in that? Thrash it at 60 mph? Where? I’d be out of juice from J1 M1 before I even saw signs for the M25. Nice looking machine with great perforance but for God’s sake don’t go any on it and don’t go too fast. Very expensive gimic. Think I’ll pass. Urban electric 30mph scooters are where’s its at.

    Comment by Mr Bloggs — 4/27/2007 @ 9:20 am

  2. It would be interesting to hear the range at 40 or 50 mph, typical speeds in U.S. suburban areas on major streets. My uneducated guess is that the range might might be 35 miles at 40mph or 25 miles at 50mph - still absolutely adequate for most commuting. Especially if one can recharge while at work. The advantage of the speed and acceleration over the 30mph commuter scooter is that one can accelerate and merge with auto traffic much more safely. Cut the price in half and I’ll buy one.

    Comment by Hal — 5/3/2007 @ 11:16 am

  3. Finally! An all-electric vehicle with enough range for daily commute, that can keep up with traffic, and is street-legal and available in the US.

    Comment by GlenO — 5/18/2007 @ 7:16 pm

  4. Sounds like this thing could beat my hugh gas eater! Great to see alternatives for the motorcycle industry being taken seriously. Granted, we’re not building them, but glad someone is balancing the scales a bit. Great piece.

    Comment by carl hanlon — 5/23/2007 @ 4:08 am

  5. Claiming range of 62 miles with small print telling us it is calculated at steady 25mph is just barely short of fraudulent, as far as I’m concerned. In actual real-world use I would expect a range of some 30 - 35 miles.

    The other problem with the Vectrix is the cost. Here in Australia it is supposed to cost over 17,000 A$. to put it in perspective, this will buy you a Triumph Tiger (A$15,990), or more to the point, at least two 250cc scooters with similar performance and suffering no issues with their range.

    In short, I certainly am *not* excited!

    Comment by andrew — 6/16/2007 @ 2:54 pm

  6. They are still liable to parking fines and other traffic penalties, for 10% of the price you may as well buy a cheaper Zipee at ?799 rather than spend 7 grand for a bike that still goes fast enough to beat the traffic but without the huge costs and you don’t need a licence to ride it.

    Comment by Robert Dawes — 7/14/2007 @ 11:38 am

  7. I think that these types of bikes would make a huge impact on cleaner air and enviroment. I think that they would be better suited for short distance riding to and from work etc. The only problem I see with it is a safety factor. A lot of the time automobile drivers hear the Motorcycle first before they see it. So this could be a huge safety problem since you can barely hear electric vehicles at all.

    Comment by JMBikerWarehouse.com — 8/31/2007 @ 1:18 pm

  8. Gas prices at this time in Lexington, KY are around $2.00 a gal. However, the oil companies hook us and then have us pay more for gas inn cycles. I don’t trust them and I will continue to ride my electric bike as much as possible.

    By the way, these are the most incredible bikes I have ever seen. Thanks for an incredible blog!

    Comment by Elmo the Electric Bikes Guy — 11/1/2008 @ 3:03 pm

  9. “No petrol, no emissions, no noise, no Congestion Charge - just twist and go”
    This is bullcrap, where do you think the electricity comes from. In the USA the power most likely comes from a coal fired power plant, and batteries maybe the most environmentally toxic product ever conceived, both in there production and destruction.

    Comment by mojo — 8/31/2009 @ 9:05 am

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