VECTRIX Corp. today introduced its “entry-level” VX-2 and 2009 VX-1E urban commuting model at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in New York. These two new scoots join the VX-1 in Vectrix’s model line.
The VX-2 is a smaller and more compact electric equivalent of a 50cc internal combustion engine (ICE) bike with a weight of 429 pounds, a wheelbase of 54.5 inches and seat height of 29.9 inches. It features a 40-50 mile range, 30-mph speed capability, a 48V/20A battery charger that plugs into a standard 110V/220V outlet and safe, near-silent operation.
“It’s the perfect choice to replace cars for short urban trips,” said Mike Boyle, Vectrix CEO. “The shortest car trips are the most damaging in terms of global warming, air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil.”
Available in green, blue, red, yellow and white, VX-2 is expected to arrive at dealers in June 2009 with an MSRP of $5,195.
The VX-1E uses the same platform and drive train as the original VX-1, yet features a lower price point and a more urban commuter driver profile with slightly less acceleration and top speed. VX-1E is expected to arrive at dealers in April with a MSRP is $8,495.
As part of the company’s drive to make electric vehicles available to a wider range of consumers, Vectrix also plans a new line of accessories for its VX-1 and VX-1E. They include a lower, narrower seat to accommodate riders with smaller frames, a sport windshield about 7 inches lower than standard for riders who like the feel of wind in their face, a winter windshield nearly 9 inches wider than standard that offers additional protection from wind and insects, and a new center stand that offers more convenient parking and raises the rear tire off the ground for easy tire maintenance.
Vectrix’s original Personal Electric Vehicle, the VX-1, was first introduced in 2007. In 2008, Vectrix saw 321 percent growth in its distribution network, and now has the largest dealer network of any electric vehicle in the country.
Dealernews will be riding the Vectrix VX-2 and VX-1E next week. Stay tuned for more information and a review of the bikes here and at www.dealernewsblog.wordpress.com
— Submitted by Guido Ebert