After lurching through a bankruptcy in 2009, Vectrix is back and greeting 2011 with the release of a model that it actually began showing before trouble hit. Whereas the company’s original, highway-capable VX-1 electric two-wheeler acted a lot like a motorcycle, the new VX-2 begs to be placed firmly in the scooter category.
Vectrix calls the VX-2 “a smaller and slimmer version of our VX-1 bike … the perfect machine for lower-speed urban, neighborhood and small-town trips.” The VX-2 is the electric equivalent of a 50cc internal combustion engine scooter, the company said, with a top speed around 30 mph and a range of 40-55 miles (as with any electric, driving conditions and habits inevitably make that number pretty imprecise).
The VX-2 plugs into a standard household outlet and takes anywhere from three and a half to five hours to charge, Vectrix said. And of course one of the great charms of electric scooters over small motorcylces is that you don’t have to mess with oil, filters or clutch. You will, however, probably need a new battery pack after about three years.
Vectrix didn’t reveal a price for the VX-2, but back in 2009 in its earlier incarnation it had given an MRSP of $5,195.
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