2012 Vectrix VX-2 Electric Scooter Review — Motorcycle USA

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Vectrix VX-2
Vectrix VX-2

2012 Vectrix VX-2 Scooter Review

Vectrix’s model — the VX-2 features a range of 55 miles comparable performance of a 50cc scoot.

Seven years of cab trained me to constantly scan the big signs above every gas even if I don’t need any But during a recent day of riding, I I didn’t need to make a of the cheapest gas location, or if you needed to a car wash or pay cash to get the lower

And it felt pretty good.

because I was riding a Vectrix , that electric scooter entry-level model that up to 55 miles of range and performance on par a gas-powered 50cc scoot. You may heard of Vectrix’s freeway-legal the VX-1. but that bike may more performance and pricetag you need. Vectrix now owned by Kong-based battery manufacturer after bankruptcy restructuring to this by teaming up with (an Australian company) to build a lower-spec entry-level machine would incorporate some of technology but provide an affordable way for to go emissions-free.

The Vectrix is a clever of high and low tech, high-end and designed to provide a practical solution to short-range intra-urban A tube-steel space frame and bodywork make up its basic and 13-inch wheels are bolted to end. The 4-kilowatt brushless DC is mounted in the rear hub, and a 2.8 kilowatt-hour silica-gel (but low-tech) battery rides the floorboards. The high-tech

The VX-2’s motor is stowed the rear wheel hub.

is Vectrix’s power-management software and Throttle that acts as a regenerative brake as well as a function.

Wheelbase works out to a 55.4 inches, seat is a manageable 30 inches, and ready-to-ride is a zaftig 430 poundsmore than own ‘big’ VX-1, and a lot heavier say, a 194-pound 50cc Ruckus.

You won’t mistake for a luxury scooter, but there are some nice amenities. are disc brakes front and a large storage space the seat (that’s sadly not big enough for a full-face helmet), passenger accommodations including and a grab-rail, and a tidy instrument Styling is nice sorta weird enough to let people it’s something different riding, but not so way-out that judge you.

Build is very good for a mainland-Chinese the paint is nice, the parts fit well, and nothing fell off or while I was riding. A two-year may set your mind at ease.

around on the VX-2 is as easy as you it should be. Flip the ignition key to the on squeeze the brake levers and ready to ride. A twist of the and the scooter silently heads the flow of traffic. Unlike motorcycles the twistgrip goes ways rotating it away you slows the bike down recharging the battery.

If you’re stopped, it’s a mode, handy for backing the machine out of a parking space.

being more than 400 the VX-2 is easy to handle to its center of gravity and short

Handling is similarly easy. it’s plus-sized, but a few design keep it manageable. The battery is placed below the rider’s for a harbor buoy-esque center of

The wheelbase is short for a vehicle heavy, and although the motor is inside the rear wheel there is probably less mass on the rear swingarm you’d find on a gas-powered with the motor/transmission built the swingarm. That meant the was quick-steering but never felt

Going uphill can sometimes a challenge, especially on San Francisco’s steep grades. I went up long, steep hills, pulling to the side of the road so wouldn’t be held up by the 15-20 mph finally stopping at the highest of San Francisco.

I stopped my extreme-grade when the motor started so hot I could smell it after a steep block of Lombard one of those streets so steep it has cut into the sidewalk for pedestrians. But on slopes the kind you’ll in cities not inexplicably built on 49 in as many square miles the is only slowed down a

On the flats, the performance is more adequate. In fact, my test went much faster the claimed 30 mph top speed. On a slight slope, the VX-2 will bury the 50 mph speedo.

Sure, probably a little optimistic, but 40 mph is a on this VX-2. More acceleration is brisk despite the disadvantage, the VX-2 is in a league a 50cc gas-powered scoot, if not at the of the pack.

The scoot has large space under the seat and room for a passenger.

Of course, an electric vehicle, how fast it isn’t as important as how far it will go on a So ask yourself: How far do you ride your in an average day? If you’re the 50cc scooter rider, are, not too far maybe 10-15 round trip, or 25-30 if you make multiple trips the day.

If that’s the case, a with a fresh battery and a charge is going to be fine.

power-management software does a job of metering the charge to maximize and you can extend it even more the re-gen feature (although I tell you how much it really to the range). I rode my VX-2 hard full throttle off the slicing through traffic and up and down San Francisco’s steepest and I didn’t start feeling the limit power until 25 miles, and I had enough juice to at a reasonable pace for another miles.

Vectrix VX-2
Vectrix VX-2

Far short of Vectrix’s claimed miles, but maybe it could it with gentle acceleration and a mph pace. I just don’t the patience to ride that

Living with the Vectrix be easy. Hand-in-hand with anxiety the fear that an vehicle won’t have the for daily needs is charging the fear of not finding a charging when you need one.

The can be charged at any 110 outlet (with the charger, which should fit the seat), but so long as you don’t go than 30 miles in a day (which you’re not really in the market for a scoot), you need look no than your garage’s outlet for a charging station. remember to plug it in each and magically, all your worries charging stations and expected disappear. A full charge empty will take hours, or 3.5 with the optional

Instrumentation includes a central display with battery system status, speedometer and


A third anxiety may be life. The Vectrix’s low $4295 is enabled by the use of low-cost silica-gel which are more durable, faster and withstand deep better than the liquid battery you may have in your car or now. They’re also a lot expensive than nickel-cadmium or batteries a good thing, as won’t last as long, about 300 charge-discharge cycles, to the spec sheet.

But that’s okay replacements are $300 from your Vectrix dealer. That in addition to the approximately $.01-.20 cost to charge the Vectrix, in about a dollar per charge so you can buy a new when the time comes.

the LiPo in the VX-1battery will four or five times as but it’s also a lot more something serious electro-commuters consider if they are going solely to save money on A final obstacle is the need for a or other space to park scooter in so you can charge it at night a lot of folk buy scooters because don’t have a garage. If had a garage, they’d probably buy a no?

With prices at the pump getting higher, the VX-2 an affordable alternative for traveling in the

Here’s the thing: at about (and by the way, most rebates and incentives don’t to smaller, non-freeway-legal vehicles the VX-2) more than a 50cc gas scooter, and needing a new every year or two, the probably wouldn’t save a buyer a lot of money, unless the of gas goes way up which it eventually But saving money isn’t the reason to go electric. Need to up?

Look no further than garage. And maintenance is mostly pads and tires cheap. the VX-2 is clean and quiet and like it.

You could probably it into the supermarket without kicked out, or park it in a cafeteria without getting at; after all, it makes no and emits (or leaks) nothing, so why is it any than a loaded shopping or a gurney?

Maybe best of all for the buyer, it’s a pretty ticket to green transportation, a practical way to get around a small, city or suburb. The affordable, electric car may not be here, but for the right the easy-to-ride, fun and stylish VX-2 may be the thing to make them good about passing gas forever.

Vectrix VX-2
Vectrix VX-2
Vectrix VX-2

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