The Vectrix is a brand new battery powered maxi-scooter capable of carrying two adults around town all day in silence without burning a single drop of gasoline.
Here are a few stats:
- This sucker weighs a whopping 462 lbs (Holy bloat Batman)! That is as much as my old 160 MPH Sprint ST!
- The electric motor produces 48 lb ft. of torque (65 nm) and 27 horsepower (20.2 kw)
- Accelerating the big scooter to 50 mph takes 6.8 seconds.
- Top speed is 62 MPH, with a max range of 68 miles at 25 MPH. (Range decreases with higher speeds.)
- The battery pack has a rated battery capacity of 3.7Kwh and is designed for up to 1,700 full charging cycles.
- The 1.5 kW on-board charger plugs into a standard outlet and provides an 80% charge in just over 2 hours.
- Effective cost of operation should be 10% of the equivalent cost of gasoline.
Here is a short 30 second promo clip designed to whet your appetite:
Here’s the company spin using plenty of “Green” fear, uncertainty and doubt:
Here is a longer promo clip:
Here is a really cool time-lapse video of the complete construction of a Vectrix in their plant in Poland.
If you live in California they’ll bring the vehicle to you and give you a brief introduction to how it works:
This last one is a little hard to hear, but it’s a short interview about the Vectrix at a trade show:
I think this is a really cool concept, and I applaud the effort, but I just can’t believe the weight of this machine. Seriously, it needs to lose 150-200 pounds! If it did, it would likely double the range and probably hit closer to 80-90 mph on the top end I imagine. Then it would be really ready for prime time.
The good news is that you know the next generations are going to make huge leaps and within a few years we’ll be seeing 5 times the performance. Until then, I guess I’d try one of these machines out if they wanted me to review it, but I don’t imagine I’d fork over the money to own one yet. Plus, I have no idea what they actually cost.