In poking around the early days of electric motorcycles, Vectrix comes up constantly. Back in 2007 and even a bit earlier, the electric scooter idea was catching on and Vectrix was the heavy hitter – and the bike that all the emerging electric motorcycles were being compared to. Now, I don’t much like scooters, but I feel like I’d be remiss in talking about electric motorcycle history without talking about Vectrix.
There’s so much to the timeline I wasn’t able to add much detail on the individual models, plus, of course, a lot of the individual models seem to have never seen the light of day.
Here’s what I’ve got.
|Sep-06||Vectrix announces new facility, early 07 scooter release.|
|Oct-06||Domain http://www.vectrix.com transferred to Vectrix.|
|Dec-06||“Maxi-scooter” (NiMH batteries) reviewed.|
|May-07||“Maxi-scooter” released in UK|
|Jul-07||First Maxi-scooter delivered in US|
|Aug-07||Vectrix announces VX-FCe fuel cell scooter|
|Nov-07||Vectrix Superbike shown in Milan, Vectrix announces “ZEV” home delivery.|
|Dec-07||NYPD test Vectrix|
|Jan-08||Vectrix reguatory announcement: In ’07, Vectrix built 2,002 vehicles (the $12,000 scooter model), sold 123 resulting in $819,000 sales, $54m losses.|
|Jun-08||Vectrix indicates Lithium Ion battery pack testing.|
|Aug-08||Vectrix drops prices from just under $12,000 to $8,795 for the ’07, and $9,395 for the slightly improved ’08. Sales increase to 1000 units for year to date, and increase from 5 dealers to 50 in US, plus 75 more worldwide.|
|Nov-08||Vectrix announces VX-1, VX-1e and VX-3 (3-wheeled maxi scooter) for ’09 release.|
|Dec-08||ROBRADY wins Red Dot Design Award for Vectrix electric superbike|
|Jan-09||Vectrix debuts VX-2 and VX1e|
|Mar-09||Vectrix “will not be able to publish its Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 September 2008 until, inter alia, the successful completion of a fund-raising exercise.” causing the London Stock Exchange to halt trading of the company’s stock.|
|Jul-09||Vectrix laid off nearly all of its employees, likely headed for bankruptcy in 30 days. ROBRADY wins two Green Good Design Awards for Vectrix two-wheelers.|
|Sep-09||Vectrix filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.|
|Nov-09||New Vectrix picked up by Hesketh Motorcycles in the UK, GoldPeak Batteries International announced the acquisition of all assets
and certain liabilities of Vectrix Corporation ($5 million, comprised of $1.75 million in cash and the assumption of up to $3.3 million in liabilities).
|May-10||Sales of VX-1 apparently resume, plus VX-1 Li (lithium).|
|Jan-11||Vectrix launches urban electric VX-2 scooter.|
|Apr-11||Vectrix “triples it’s product line” with VX-1 LI and VX-1 Li+ and VX-3, in addition to VX-2.|
|Feb-12||Vectrix re-introduces Superbike, aims for 200 pre-orders.|
|May-12||Vectrix to distribute through Peirspeed National Dealer Network.|
|Dec-12||Daimler subsidiary, smart, teams with Vectrix for 2014 e-scooter.|
|May-13||Vectrix model VX-1 Li/Li+ named European “e-Scooter of the Year” by CleanWeek 2020|