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Vectrix VX-2

Vectrix VX-2

Electric are the future. I’ve said it and everything I see convinces me that is true.

But you don’t have to for the future to ride or drive an They’re here today and work. They are, in the present.

Today I rode a VX-2 electric scooter. I out for a ride with David who runs ScooTours Denver in renting scooters and offering tours of Denver. (I’ll a lot more to say about David and his in a later article. So what can I say the Vectrix? It was fun.

Scooters are they just are. It was very cool. Let me tell you that.

First of all, there’s nothing better suited to electric than a scooter. For people a scooter is something you zip town on and you don’t need the of miles range that you do need with other The VX-2 only gets 35 miles between charges but for riders that’s plenty. You go you’re going, get home, and it in.

Or you plug it in when you get to your and then charge it again you get home. Whatever works.

So I really liked about the was that it has regenerative braking. is to say, when you slow rather than drawing from the battery, it uses the force to feed power to the battery. Speed up, use juice; down, make juice. not a perpetual motion machine you’re on the throttle a lot more you’re on the brake, but it helps.

It extends your range.

And is very interesting is that does not happen when you in on the brake levers. To use the regenerative you twist the throttle the other It’s like rolling off the on a motorcycle except that than reaching the zero and stopping you keep going.

And not just cutting off acceleration, the do actually kick in. In most you can stop using just the Now, there were times when I made stops where I also to use the brake levers.

But most of the time reversing the did the job. And it recharged the battery in the

Oh, and then there’s one more about twisting the throttle the direction. This only when you’re stopped, but a stop that reverse gives you reverse gear. You go Again, very cool. And about quiet.

Actually, silent. That’s the thing electrics. It’s on, it’s but it doesn’t make a sound. Not any whatsoever. Then you twist the and you go.

Other than that, a scooter. The acceleration from a is not fantastic but it’s peppy you get rolling. The suspension is not great; you feel the bumps.

It has under-seat storage that hold much of what you to carry but most scooter also opt for top boxes and you would that with one of these,

The VX-2 has disk brakes up and in the rear. Because of the battery this scooter is heavier gas-powered models, weighing in 430 pounds. So it needs some power but you get that with disks.

The weight is all low so the center of is very low, making it stable.

While Vectrix make larger models, the has about 4 kilowatts of power, puts it legally in the range you don’t need a motorcycle and you can legally park on the sidewalk, a bicycle. David explained to me you can also legally ride it in a lane but not on a bike trail. an interesting distinction I was unaware of.

Of course people say that are non-polluting, but we all know that power comes with environmental price somewhere the line. Still, doesn’t it sense to use power that is by a power plant using anti-pollution equipment rather spew fumes out into the air are breathing? And as David said, the VX-2 rolling is essentially

The electricity it takes to charge it even show up as a bump on electric bill. That’s a lot than $4 a gallon for gas in my book.

My verdict? I would like suspension. Other than the VX-2 would be a very addition to my growing fleet of And you what? It’s a lot of fun to ride.

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