Pulling this one from the “I’ll believe it when I see it” file, we’ve been following the news of Vectrix and hoping the press releases and rumors are true. As of this morning, and via a great post on BikeWriter.com, it’s now confirmed. Vectrix is back, with a new, svelte but beefy looking ride called the VX-2, shown above.
The bike was announced via a January 11 press release with some toned down specs and claims from the uber-scooter that was the previous line:
“The all electric VX‐2 is a smaller and slimmer version of our VX‐1 bike and is the perfect machine for lower‐speed urban, neighborhood, and small‐town trips. The VX‐2 is the electric equivalent of a 50cc internal combustion engine scooter.
The Vectrix VX‐2 is capable of speeds up to 30 mph and has a range of 40 to 55 miles, depending on factors like terrain, weight, speed, etc. The VX‐2 comes standard with the patented Vectrix Multi‐Function Throttle that provides regenerative braking and slow‐speed reverse. Each VX‐2 comes with a 48V/20A battery charger that plugs into a standard 110V/220V outlet and features a charge time of around 3.5 to 5 hours.”
Over a year ago we saw posts like the report on PlugBike, and the press release from Vectrix announcing the official relaunch last year at the same show. Then, the gossip started back in late November with the story posted in PowerSportsBusiness.com, talking about a product release in “early 2011” and “Farther out — probably the second quarter of next year — Vectrix will bring a third product, its three-wheeled VX-3 to market. The three-wheeler — it has two wheels in the front, one in the back — will reach speeds surpassing 65 mph. It’s expected to have a range of 35-55 miles. MSRP will start at $12,500…”
They do still offer a stronger ride, two, actually: the VX-1Li and Li+, with the following specs:
- VX-1 Li and VX-1 Li+ now have LiFePO4 batteries (the original VX-1 had NiMH batteries)
- VX-1 Li 0 to 50 mph = 6.0 seconds
- VX-1 Li+ 0 to 50 mph = 6.25 seconds
- VX-1 Li Range = 40 to 60 miles
- VX-1 Li+ Range = 55 to 85 miles
- VX-3 Li+ Range = 50 to 80 miles
- VX-3 Li+ MSRP = $14,995.00
… but with the VX-2 they’re offering a product that can compete with China.
We all hoped it was true. On their newly revamped site, they boast a story about the Las Vegas Police taking delivery of 7 bikes around the first of January, reminiscent of one of their earliest stories, June 2008, and the Vectrix trial program by the Providence RI Police Department.
With Gold Peak Industries as their parent company, Vectrix LLC is working out of a New Bedford, MA. US Corporate office, with a Sales and Marketing office in Orange County, CA. Gold Peak is, according to their site, “world’s leading battery manufacturer”, and has facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan with 9,800 employees.
Clearly, with the modest specifications and reasonable price point – an MSRP $4,295.00 – of the VX-2, the new Vectrix, at least for now, is stepping back from the heavy and pricey scooters that put them on the map, and possibly put them under. They’ve said they’re “continuing their previous warranty policies by offering two-year warranties on all new Vectrix vehicles”, and our guess is they’re looking for conservative growth. The future looks interesting for this company that made the electric scooter a real, viable machine… and who knows where things will go. With photos of the three-wheeled VX-3 on the site, and… do we see a prototype in the photo at Indy? … one can only hope this is a first step in a strong comeback.