I came across this on Northwest Cable News this morning. These scooters are just becoming available in the Seattle area.
This rig is billed as an electric maxi-scooter. Here's some quick statistics.
The battery pack is NiMH and is expected to last approximately 10 years figured at an average mileage of 5000 miles per year. Charging is accomplished by plugging the thing into a standard 110/120 volt receptacle. Two hours will put the battery pack into about an 80% charged state.
Top speed is claimed to be 62 mph ( 100 km/hr ). It is suppposed to do 0-50 mph in 6.8 seconds. DC motors usually have a lot of torque anyway. What's the range, you might ask?
Range is listed as about 68 miles. The kicker is that this is figured at an average speed of 25 mph. What is that, about 40 km / hr? Interestingly, the range can be extended by up to 12% depending upon how much stopping a rider does. There's a regenerative braking system that adds a little charge to the battery. Storage is comparable to other big scooters.
List price is $11,000 ( U.S. dollars ).
This would be a perfect commuter vehicle. Forward movement would be twist and go. Emissions would be zero. There would be no noise ( not that most scooters are noisy in the first place ). Just the gleeful giggling of the rider. Although, there's this kid in our neighborhood with a Spree that screams like a chainsaw. I'm torn between not wanting to hurt a two wheeled creature and my desire for peace and quiet!
I'm not sure I would buy one of these. I keep thinking of how much more performance I could get for that kind of money. Motorcycles are already a lower emission vehicle. There's those who might argue differently. It depends on how you look at it, I guess. That discussion isn't the purpose of this post. I can see an advantage to the Vectrix in that there is no oil changing, no valve adjustments, no tune-ups, etc. Keep it clean and on good tires and enjoy. The cleaning part is even optional. Probably ought to keep good tires, though! Come to think of it, there's still a drive belt and transmission to maintain.
Want to take a look for yourself?
Miles and smiles,