Vectrix Electric Motorcycle

Electric cars — By Amy on October 19, 2008 at 8:22 am
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Vectrix Electric Motorcycle

Or is it a scooter? This classification is important to my husband. He mentioned to me a while back that he thought he may need a new motorcycle; one that is more fuel efficient for his commute to work. I think he was just looking for an excuse to buy a new toy. Soon after, as we were driving through Newport, RI we passed a shop I had never noticed before.

“Oh look! An all electric motorcycle dealer!” The sign said Vectrix Electric Motorcycle: Good. Clean. Fun. “That’s what you need!”

Uh, he wasn’t thrilled. “Those are scooters.” No excitement witnessed. Well. I think they’re pretty cool.

So, are they scooters or not? I don’t really know, but you need a motorcycle license to drive one. The Vectrix is highway legal with a top speed of 62mph. It’s the world’s first zero emissions motorcycle and it’s selling out fast.

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The Vectrix Dashoard

When you take a look at the Vectrix Electric Motorcycle website, you are greeted by a photo of stereotypical biker, complete with leather vest and tattoos. Well now, if that guy is giving up his Harley for a Vectrix, it must be a nice ride! Or at least that’s what they’re trying to convince people like my husband, who is not sure if the Vectrix is cool enough for him. It’s also not fast enough. He has a need for speed, even though he swears he never goes faster than 70 on his current motorcycle.

Honestly, whether it should be called a motorcycle or a scooter doesn’t really matter. This American made all electric vehicle is peachy green all the way. It’s priced between $9,000 -$10,000 and in California you’ll even get a $1,500 rebate after purchasing a Vectrix.

Watch the founder of Plug In America, Paul Scott as he shows off the great features of his new Vectrix Electric Motorcycle:

Still want to know more? Here is a video of the debut of Vectrix Electric Motorcycle in California:

What do you think? Is it a scooter or a motorcycle? Would you drive one?

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10 Comments

  1. Missy says:

    It’s a motorcycle – you straddle it. Scooters have a platform for the feet instead of pegs. At least I think that’s the difference. In any case, it’s pretty cool.

  2. Mark Holder says:

    These folks have it right on several points.
    1. Its affordable.
    2. Range over 40 Mi
    3. 110V plug in – allows you to plug in at the destination, work, erc.
    4. Safe
    5. Great looking.

    This shoud be a winner. Will be interesting to watch.

  3. Dexter Ford says:

    According to Vectrix, it’s:

    C. None Of The Above.

    It’s not a motorcycle or a scooter—

    It’s a Personal Electric Vehicle:

    There’s no reason to argue about what to call it…

    Just get one and go riding!

    Dexter Ford
    Editor At Large
    Motorcyclist Magazine

  4. Amy says:

    Missy and Mark, I agree it’s pretty cool and should definitely catch on! I like that it’s bigger than the average scooter. I had an unfortunate (though funny to onlookers) incident on a scooter once. Tall people don’t always look good on scooters…

    Thanks for clearing that up Dexter! Still, could you go around saying “hey man, did you see my new personal electric vehicle?” :) Anyway -you’re right. No need to argue – just enjoy the ride!

    My husband reads your magazine religiously, by the way. In fact, I think an article in Motorcyclist gave him the idea that he needed a new, more efficient toy…I mean bike!

  5. Cristina says:

    I’ve actually gotten to ride on the back of a Vectrix electric scooter before. It’s definitely way bigger and heavier than the average scooter, but it doesn’t have foot pegs like a motorcycle. I think they’ve been referring to it as a “maxi scooter.” Vectrix is doing some exciting things…I’ll be really interested to see if their recent sales spike of the 2-wheeler has any impact on whether or not they decide to produce the Vectrix V3 three wheel motorcycle.

  6. I bookmarked your blog, thanks for sharing this very interesting post

  7. Amy says:

    Hi Christina! Sounds like you enjoyed the ride! I hope they do decide to produce the Vectrix V3 (not that my husband will agree to buy one).

    Glad you enjoyed the post motorcycle gpsmount! :)

  8. Interesting post, i have bookmarked your site for future referrence :)

  9. Dick Gregory says:

    You obviously know your stuffs! I’ve been searching for information on electric vehicles, and I found it here. Might I asked where do you get all your information? :D

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