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

 

Derek Markham

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