Vectrix Is Back With An Electric Scooter

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).

Electric scooter, Vectrix VH-2

image via Vectrix

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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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • scooter champ

    interesting article because the basis of that scooter is a chinese emax now VMOTO and they are downsizing their business like hell….

  • Perhaps the era of the electric scooter is not yet upon us… but, like peak oil, I sense it is coming soon. Electric bicycles are an excellent first step into electric transport. They give joy to the many of us who must wait for a secondhand electric car to become available.