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Vectrix VX-2

Review of the Vectrix VX2 Electric

“Cool scooter, what is it?”

“It’s a new Vectrix VX2 scooter.”

“Is it a 4-… or a 2-…?”

it’s all-electric with

“Oh, it’s like a Toyota Prius then.”

it’s all-electric, you just it in to recharge it.”

“Cool, bet it gets really good gas

“Ummm, it doesn’t use ANY gas; a zero emissions electric

“So how many cc is the engine? 50?”

In 2008, I reviewed the Vectrix and had conversations similar to the above day. The quoted conversation time was the result of riding on the new Vectrix VX2. It’s three years since my Vectrix review, but most don’t seem to be any closer to an all-electric mode of personal

In 2009, Vectrix collapsed losing many millions of The assets were purchased by Peak ( a Hong Kong manufacturer and supplier to Vectrix ) and was able to re-launch. This around, they are offering the VX1 in two configurations, both with ( Lithium Iron Phosphate )

One has 30AH capacity for $11,995 and the has 42AH and is priced at $13,995. The new VX2 is lower speed and has lead batteries with an MSRP of

Just like the last review, Scooterville in Minneapolis has stepped up to the plate yet again and us with a new VX2 to play with for a few Several people gave it a try and it was daily commuting transportation for a few No special treatment. No special just the regular drive limited to speeds of 40MPH or ( no highway ).

Speedometer Reading/Speed/Range

I up the Vectrix VX2 fully charged and bolted on a GPS and started riding. The is biased to miles, but the digital display was in kilometers. I would that there is a way to alter but couldn’t figure out what way might be. The speedometer was 7% optimistic: at a GPS of 30 MPH, the indicated speed was 32 The top speed I was able to get from the VX2 was 38 MPH ( GPS ) the speedometer indicated as 41 MPH.

The odometer was very slightly with 28.0 km indicated 27 km was the actual distance traveled. Now for the — range.

Even they ask how fast it is, most ask about how far the scooter will go they hear it is battery People really seem to hybrids on the brain as most asking how I started the engine to the battery. I did have to interrupt my testing as I experienced a flat during the first run ( quickly by Scooterville ). Eventually, I was able to a pleasant Sunday to range

In normal riding, nothing I managed to cover 49.6 before the Vectrix gave up ( kilometers ). 46 of those miles at normal operation and speed the last 3.6 miles being at speed. The VX2 kept going at 20 MPH before falling to 10 MPH and then up. MANY warnings were at me on the display, but I ignored them and kept riding.

With of a load ( 220 pounds of me, that’s 100 in case you were wondering ) I expect a touch more 50 miles. I would say 40 — 45 is the safe, effective range.

It about five hours to the batteries and based on Xcel current rates for power, me about 56 cents in electricity. to a penny-per-mile. If you have a 20 — 30 round trip commute on streets the Vectrix VX2 will do it for chump change in power


The Vectrix VX2 is similar to conventional gas scooters in control and riding with the exception of At 430 pounds, it’s twice the of most 50cc scooters. The VX2 has acid/ silicon batteries are expected to last three in normal use. Being acid batteries, they be very inexpensive to replace, a couple hundred bucks.

Those batteries get power to a 4 brushless, DC rear hub motor to locomotion. An intelligent charger is with the scooter that can into any standard 120 volt It is stored under the seat and up pretty much all the available there.

If one plans on carrying charger with the scooter ( a good idea ), then the storage is not available for anything There is a luggage hook and a floorboard space to carry that way. I have told that a rear rack is also in the works, so a trunk would be possible.

Of a lot of scooter riders carry they need to on their in the form of backpacks and messenger

Front suspension is a conventional fork and the rear is a single There are disc brakes and rear not that one will them often. The Vectrix VX2 a regenerative braking system to the system in its big brother.

We’ll get the functionality of that system in a but it works well enough in down the scooter that the conventional disc brakes is necessary for quick stops and to the scooter in position on an incline or

The dash of the VX2 is a simple, round The Analog speedometer is biased to with kilometers-per-hour on an inner Just below center is a display that includes messages and a sort of gauge how much battery power The lower part is made up of lights for turn signals, beam, charging and the like.

I the power gauge to be inaccurate as it jump to full when the brakes were in use and fluctuate during riding. At a steady 30 MPH ( or so ) to be the only time it gave like an accurate reflection of battery power. The display give warning when is low and instructs the rider to turn off the when the limits of the range are

For myself, I would take of the odometer and keep my riding on a charge to 70 kilometers or less.

The was bright and the high/low beam is in the conventional position on the left-hand The rear lights and turn are LED. The turn signal is push-to-cancel and also on the left-hand The horn was adequate so far as volume is There is an engine stop on the right-hand side, but no starter

More on that in a minute.


Time to hit the road. If read the 2008 Vectrix you probably already know the procedure. Turn the key to the on position, and hold the left brake grab the right brake The turn signals flash and a on the digital display lets you you’re ready to go. That’s it.

No No vibration. Nothing that one feel to indicate the difference running and not running. Just the throttle and you’re moving forward or backward.

Yes, is a reverse on the VX2. From a twist the throttle away you and the bike backs up. Twist the toward you ( conventional operation ) and the goes forward. When you are in twisting the throttle away you engages the regenerative braking. takes some getting to at first.

After just a few of riding, I found it not only but effective. By planning for a longer distance in normal traffic, I need to utilize the conventional brakes at all. For quick and to hold the scooter in position on a just use the brake levers

The brakes are good, though the of the scooter is apparent when

The 430 pounds of the Vectrix VX2 are also in the handling and ride. It may LOOK a small scooter, but it isn’t. The and rear suspension are working and the rider feels it. The VX2 takes effort to turn and one feels rough patch in the road. and very nearly rough is I would say about the ride.

Vectrix VX-2

As it I like a firm riding

Acceleration from a stop is of a two-stage affair. Unlike bigger brother, the VX2 doesn’t launch one from a standstill, a smooth engagement of the hub and then wonderful electric acceleration. 10MPH to 30MPH the VX2 is much than a comparable small scooter. My regular commute a pretty steep hill and the VX2 30MPH even with 220 ( me ) on it.

On smaller hills, no loss in was noticed.

The seat is firm and The floorboards are also wide. says the seat height is inches. I measured with a and a level and got 30.5 inches.

Add the necessitated by the width and I couldn’t flat-footed ( 30 inch inseam ). my wife Beverly rode the see was also just barely ( 30 inch inseam ) in shoes heels. This wouldn’t be a big at all except for the weight of the scooter. Bev a little skittish at very low

As soon as one is at, oh, say, 10 MPH, the is much less noticeable in the of the scooter.

I could easily the round trip to my office no concern about battery It’s about 20 miles trip for me. Still, I did ask if I could in at the office and the building management was fine with it. They let me park near the entrance isn’t exactly kosher. A all-electric scooter will do to people.

The charger has indicator for percentage of charge. I didn’t my test equipment with me at the so I don’t know exactly how it would take to fully after the 10 mile one-way but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be

Fit Finish

The Vectrix VX2 has good fit and The plastic panels fit well Not like a Honda or Kymco, but As I mentioned, the foam in the seat is firm. The material covering the feels a little thin.

The functioned just fine, but felt a little less-than-perfect compared to a really world-class I’d just come off two of Kymco 300cc scooters and feel the difference. I’m not that there was anything bad the Vectrix, but it’s not the top of the heap

I did go over the body panels and tolerance when the colored and plastic panels met. The was well done.


I was with the performance and range of the VX2. It’s more fun to than a lot of comparable city ( 30 MPH ) The electronic technology works and the build quality is good. I buy one? Probably.

Should you buy Maybe. To me, it depends on why you are considering an personal vehicle. If it’s for economic reasons, than the VX2 is not a good choice. Let’s at a three year cycle acquisition.

Out the door, with prep, taxes and fees, a ( here in Minnesota ) would be $5,000. A 2012 Genuine 50cc Scooter is about out the door. The Vectrix is going to about a penny per mile the Buddy is going to get about 80 Let’s be kind to the Vectrix and on the Buddy.

We’ll assume the cost of electricity is flat and gas is $4.00 per gallon. The Buddy also need about a of 2-… oil every 600 miles at $15 per The Buddy will also maintenance costs of about per year while the Vectrix may not any maintenance.

Insurance is likely to be about the and additional riding equipment a helmet, jacket, gloves, would be about the same for scooter. Let’s assume you can ride 5,000 miles per on your scooter ( most in Minnesota ride a lot less that in a year ). Now we add everything up and by 15,000 ( three years of ). The VX2 plus electricity would be The Buddy plus gas plus oil maintenance would be $3,925.

In years, the Vectrix cost 34 per mile and the Buddy cost 26 per mile. If gas is less than per gallon and you drive less 5,000 mile on your in a year, the numbers fall more in favor of the Buddy. You buy a Vectrix to save money.

You buy a Vectrix to not burn gas. OK, in I haven’t researched this but I find it hard to imagine even coal-burning power would create nearly as pollution as burning gasoline. The VX2 is just so darn efficient in its of electricity that the pollution put the air to make the tiny amount of it needs should be very

If you get your power from ( or solar, or wind ) you will be a significant positive impact by your Vectrix as opposed to your car. Of course at 34 per mile over three the Vectrix VX2 is still much expensive than most any

Thanks Bob Hedstrom of Scooterville for this review.

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