|Engine||Brushless DC motor|
|Top speed||109 km/h (68 mph)|
|Power||20.2 kW (27.1 hp) peak; 7 kW (9.4 hp) continuous|
|Torque||65 N·m (48 lb·ft)|
|Transmission||Rear wheel planetary gear drive|
|Brakes||Front and rear Brembo disc|
|Tires||Front: 120/70 14
Rear: 140/60 13
|Wheelbase||1,525 mm (60.0 in)|
|Seat height||770 mm (30 in)|
|Weight||210 kg (460 lb) (dry)
|Fuel capacity||3.7 kWh NiMH|
Vectrix was an electric vehicle company based in Middletown, Rhode Island, United States, with research and development facilities in New Bedford, Massachusetts and an assembly plant in Wrocław, Poland. Vectrix is ceasing all US operations as of December 31, 2013, although it will maintain its plant in Poland to fulfill obligations under a joint venture agreement with Daimler AG's Smart division.
Introduced in 2006, the Vectrix[clarification needed] was a maxi-size scooter, and was the first commercially available high performance electric scooter. It was capable of over 60 mph (97 km/h) and 50 mph (80 km/h) was reached in a little under 7 seconds, with maximum torque available from 0 rpm, a characteristic of electric motors. It has under 250 parts, compared with 2,500 for a conventionally powered scooter, and has a range of up to 65 miles (105 km) at 25 mph (40 km/h).
The Vectrix scooter uses NiMH batteries with a manufacturer-claimed life of 10 years and 1,500 recharges. The 125 volt battery pack has a capacity of 3.7 kW·h and can be recharged to 80% in two hours from a standard domestic power socket. The battery can also be partially recharged through regenerative braking. Replacement cost of the battery is estimated to be around $3,000, almost one third of the cost of the bike.
In June 2008, Vectrix indicated that it planned to test Lithium Ion battery packs based on lithium iron phosphate battery technology, in an agreement with GP Batteries International Limited of Hong Kong.[dated info]
In the fall of 2008, Vectrix announced an expanded product line with two lower-priced bikes: The VX-1E was projected to arrive March 2009 with the VX-2 following in June 2009. Pre-production models of both bikes were shown at the New York International Motorcycle Show in January 2009 and also at Birmingham Motor Show, but they never entered production due to the company ceasing tradin.[clarification needed]
Vectrix showed a 125 mph (201 km/h) superbike concept vehicle at the 2007 Milan motorcycle show, to be produced if 500 deposits were received. In 2012 New Vectrix (re)-unveiled the super bike prototype at the SWISS-MOTO 2012 show in Zürich, Switzerland, announcing that they are taking orders and may produce the bike with as little as 200 pre-orders. In 2008, Vectrix announced a 3-wheeled version of the Vectrix Maxi scooter.
Testing by prospective users
The Government of Canada purchased in August 2008 a vehicle from Vectrix with the goal of testing and evaluating a fully electric compliant open motorcycle's energy consumption, range, and additional road testing parameters. This environmental initiative is part of Transport Canada’s ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles (eTV) program.[dated info]
In July 2009 Vectrix Corporation laid off all but essential staff, this followed several months of announcements of financial problems. Analysis of corporate financial results[by whom?] showed the company listed expenses for each bike sold larger than the income earned. On September 28, 2009 the company announced a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in Delaware and that a New Vectrix might buy the assets of Vectrix to recapitalize a new company. In late 2009 its assets were sold to Gold Peak battery group allowing the company to relaunch.
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For much of 2010 the company rehired old and new staff and began supporting old owners with issues again. As 2011 rolled around Vectrix introduced the VX-2 and the VX-1 Li/Li+ into the product line showing at some shows and updated on their website. The VX-1 Li is the same as the original bike but using lithium batteries of 30-amp hour capacity, for similar range and performance in a lighter bike. The Li+ has a 42-amp hour capacity giving greater range. The VX-2 is designed as a smaller, lighter and less expensive version of the original bike for those who don't need freeway speeds or the weight of the original. Though it has similar range to the original its top speed is less than half, but so is the price. In 2012, Vectrix entered into a distribution agreement with Peirspeed. As a result, Peirspeed distributes Vectrix electric scooters in the U.S.[dead link]
Loss of French Distributor
In October 2013, Vectrix lost its French distributor Italmotori after allegations of failing to ship scooters, batteries, and scooter parts required for repairs under warranty. In addition, in November 2013 a French automotive magazine after confirming that Italmotori was the third distributor (after Euromotor and Vectrix France) to cease representing Vectrix, reported that Vectrix appeared to be abandoning two models, its VX-1 and VX-3.
Shutdown of US operations
According to a Spanish news magazine, by January 2014 Vectrix will cease all US operations. After numerous manufacturing problems resulting in failed batteries and nonfunctioning scooters, Vectrix's parent company Gold Peak, a Chinese battery manufacturer, decided to close down all Vectrix's US facilities as of December 31, 2013. The report indicates that Vectrix will maintain its Poland fabrication plant in order to continue to supply parts for its joint venture with Daimler's Smart division.
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