Electric two-wheeler specialist Vectrix Corp. unveiled its VX-1E and entry-level VX-2 scooters, two units that join the flagship VX-1 in the company's lineup.
Introduced in 2007 and updated for 2009, the VX-1 (MSRP $10,495) is the only highway-legal electric scooter and has a top speed of 62 mph and an average range of 30-55 miles on a single charge. The unit weighs in at 515 lbs., has a 60-inch wheelbase and 30-inch seat height, and is outfitted with premium parts like Pirelli tires, a Marzocchi fork, Sachs rear shock and Pro Grip grips.
The newly introduced VX-1E uses the same platform and drive train as the original, yet features a lower price point and slightly less acceleration and top speed. The difference in price and output comes as a result of its lead-acid batteries versus the VX-1's nickel metal hydride batteries. Both models plug into a standard 110V/220V outlet, but only the VX-1 also offers regenerative braking.
The VX-2 was designed to be the electric equivalent of a 50cc internal combustion engine bike. It features a 40-50 mile range, 30 mph top speed, and a 48V/20A battery charger that plugs into a standard 110V/220V outlet.
Vectrix's plans for 2009 also include a new line of accessories for its VX-1 and VX-1E, among them: the previously mentioned lower, narrower seat and top case, a sport windshield about 7 inches lower than standard and a winter windshield nearly 9 inches wider than standard. The VX-1E is expected to arrive at dealerships in April with an MSRP of $8,495. The VX-2 will be shipped in June with an MSRP of $5,195.
Vectrix sold 455 bikes to dealers in North America during its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2008, 432 units of which were sold during the second half. The company's dealer network expanded to 160 retailers from 38 at the close of the previous financial year.
Vectrix has an agreement with GE Capital Solutions' Commercial Distribution Finance to provide inventory floor planning for North American Vectrix dealers, and recently signed with Sparta Commercial Service to provide consumer financing. — Guido Ebert