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Published on December 6th, 2008 | by Derek Markham

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Vectrix Vx-1 Electric Vehicle Unveiled at International Motorcycle Show Long Beach


Electric VehicleNot everyone attending the motorcycle show this weekend is looking for a Harley or a fast sport bike. They’re not all looking for powerful bikes with lots of flash. Some of them are commuters looking for ways to save money and maybe even lessen the environmental impact of their driving.

And they’re in luck.

At this year’s Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, scooters get their own section, the Scooter Pavilion.

One electric vehicle company, Vectrix, is debuting their 2009 model of the Vx-1 this weekend, a highway-capable scooter with tons of style. The Vx-1 has a top speed of 62 mph, and a 35 to 55 mile range.

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With aluminum construction for weight reduction and a long life, aerodynamic styling, and your choice of six colors, the Vx-1 just might be a contender for the commuter market. The Vectrix plugs in anywhere that you have access to a 110/220 V outlet, and it charges fully in 3 to 5 hours.

According to Vectrix, the Vx-1 costs just one cent per mile to operate (the equivalent of 357 mpg), compared to 50 to 87 mpg for most other gas-powered scooters.

It’ll also do 0 to 50 in 6.8 seconds, so it’s not your granny’s scooter.

Weighing in at 515 pounds, with a 60-inch wheelbase, the Vx-1 is powered by a brushless motor with a peak power capacity of 21KW, and a nickel metal hydride supplies the juice. Storage capacity in the bike is only enough for the helmet (40 ltr), so you might be wearing a backpack until someone designs panniers or a rear rack for it. Riding a Vectrix Vx-1 does require a motorcycle license.

If you’re in the area this weekend, swing by the show at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. More info: www.motorcycleshows .com

Source: LA Times




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  • http://www.maxxgraphix.net Maxx

    Nice!

    If you lived 10 miles from work non highway your round trip would cost 20 cents per day. Wow, $4 for 20 work days. Think how much more you could spend elsewhere.

  • http://www.maxxgraphix.net Maxx

    Nice!

    If you lived 10 miles from work non highway your round trip would cost 20 cents per day. Wow, $4 for 20 work days. Think how much more you could spend elsewhere.

  • http://www.zapworld.com/ Zapino

    @Maxx: It isn’t just the cost factor that is so attractive about an Electric motorbike or scooter. you can really get used to the smoothness and silence and the fact that there is no ignition. It is a whole other experience after which a conventional scooter or bike just wont do!

  • http://www.zapworld.com/ Zapino

    @Maxx: It isn’t just the cost factor that is so attractive about an Electric motorbike or scooter. you can really get used to the smoothness and silence and the fact that there is no ignition. It is a whole other experience after which a conventional scooter or bike just wont do!

  • Harry

    515 pounds? That’s a heavy scooter for quite a low range I’d say. I don’t like it.

  • Harry

    515 pounds? That’s a heavy scooter for quite a low range I’d say. I don’t like it.

  • Frank

    What class of motorcycle license do you need to ride a 0cc bike?

  • Frank

    What class of motorcycle license do you need to ride a 0cc bike?

  • http://www.energynews.gr Basil Dimitropoulos

    Dear Bloggers:

    The answer to OPEC is the electric vehicles at http://www.energynews.gr

    What we need is an International Public Prosecutor Intervention.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Basil Dimitropoulos

    Electrical Engineer

    104 – 106 Kremou Street, Kallithea, Athens 176-76 GREECE

    TEL: +30-210-9590530

  • http://www.energynews.gr Basil Dimitropoulos

    Dear Bloggers:

    The answer to OPEC is the electric vehicles at http://www.energynews.gr

    What we need is an International Public Prosecutor Intervention.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Basil Dimitropoulos

    Electrical Engineer

    104 – 106 Kremou Street, Kallithea, Athens 176-76 GREECE

    TEL: +30-210-9590530

  • Doug

    Sure as long as you live somewhere it does not rain and the temp is never below 40 or above 90 this thing is great. This would look great parked out front of your parents house.

  • Doug

    Sure as long as you live somewhere it does not rain and the temp is never below 40 or above 90 this thing is great. This would look great parked out front of your parents house.

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