The Vectrix Corporation is in the forefront of the battle
against greenhouse accumulation with the production of their
ZEV (zero emission vehicles). Vectrix aims to duplicate petrol-powered
vehicles with a reliable electric power substitute.
First in line is the Vectrix Maxi-scooter that had its debut
at the 2006 Milan Show and now is available in the United
States for sale. This is a two-wheeled vehicle that answers
commuter's need for a clean, efficient, reliable and non-expensive
city executive transportation. It is further envisioned that
the Maxi-scooter will be the catalyst to the urban transportation
What makes the Maxi-scooter special?
First and foremost the Maxi-scooter is an advanced zero emission
vehicle (ZEV), powered by a battery pack and apes a 400cc
gas-powered motorcycle in performance and handling capabilities.
A full charge of its NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries
gives a range of 60 miles and can be recharged in two hours.
The power of the Maxi-scooter comes from a universal type
(a permanent magnet armature) brushless motor mounted directly
on the rear wheel in an extremely designed aluminum swing
The Maxi-scooter is a visual delight, although not much difference
is observed from its petrol-powered counterpart. It also sports
a large and comfortable seat similar to the more affluent
models. The wheels of the Vectrix Maxi-scooter are immensely
large in diameter, 14 inch at the front and 13 inch at the
rear. And, like all electric two wheel vehicles, it emits
no pollutants in the air and runs in almost total silence,
except for the hiss observed in electric motors.
Go Speed Racer ...
Vectrix performance evaluation puts the Maxi-scooter well
above the 400cc petrol powered motorcycle. The Maxi-scooter
goes from 0 to 50 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Acceleration is
swift provided by the 27 hp electric motor at 3,000 rpm, a
performance that could only be reserved for licensed motorcycle
riders. The top speed is placed at 60 mph The batteries are
placed at the center of a muscled aluminum body and immediately
under the seat is a storage space for the full-face helmet.
While the Maxi-scooter is relatively heavy at 210lbs due
to its long wheelbase, it seems to favor stability. The Maxi-scooter
has a very low center of gravity as aid to maneuverability,
especially when cutting corners at high speeds. The weight
distribution is pretty much even in its entire wheelbase.
As an added feature, the machine has a slow reverse gear necessary
in acute parking conditions.
How much does it cost?
The Maxi-scooter is not inexpensive. The price tag is in
the $14,000 range. But, for those who want power, speed and
zero emissions, this price tag will not deter hardcore buyers.