Damaged Battery: Display gauge is automatically scaled to the useful capacity
4 Vectrix took part in a curious experiment. They made a trip together from Barcelona to Sant Feliu de Codines. 42 km, +400m gained uphill.
All four started with full charge from the same place. All four bikes made the trip together, travelling at around 70 km/h.
Two bikes finished with 7 bars in the gauge, one vectrix with one bar, and another one with 0 bars and the red battery light turned on. Interestingly, Two vectrix have damaged batteries, the other two have acceptable batteries, with 40% more capacity. You will argue that the state of charge of each vectrix could be different, that there could be misalignments between battery and computer, and so on: yes, you are right, but please don't focus on precision, just in the conclusion:
Because the battery gauge is automatically scaled to the useful capacity of the battery, a driver cannot realize that his bike has less than expected range unless it is compared to another vectrix with a good battery.
In consequence, many of you are not aware that you have damaged batteries with reduced capacity. These batteries should be replaced under warranty (20% of capacity loss means that the battery is out of order), however we need an impartial method to state that the battery is damaged and it should be replaced. Any ideas?
I don't want to disagree with you. However, all of you made 40km or roughly 25 miles which isn't so bad. I typically don't get much more, may be 28miles. Second, it is really important that all bikes had previously been fuly discharged and therefore the state of charge reset. It is possible that two of the bikes went through weeks of partial recharges and hence dont charge fully. Not second guessing you here but if you like this to be a valid experiment, I suggest to drive all four bikes until teh crawl, recharge and empty once again this time until the red light comes on. Now, upon a full recharge, go out on your fun ride together. BTW, make sure you each carry the same handicap, i.e. weight with you.
40k is c---p, refer to your Vectrix manual and reports of others on this forum who report 40-45 miles (65-70k's). I have lived w 40k's since new and it really annoys me and through my dealer will be lodging a warranty claim (when he can figure out where to do it).
Operating under constant speed conditions our
data indicates the following averages:
Constant Speed Range
25 mph (40 km/h) 65 miles (105 km)
35 mph (56 km/h) 54 miles ( 87 km)
40 mph (64 km/h) 48 miles ( 77 km)
45 mph (72 km/h) 44 miles (71 km)
50 mph (81 km/h) 36 miles ( 58 km)
60 mph (97 km/h) 20 miles ( 32 km)
I personally think that going over 30miles in real world driving is a challenge. I live in a hilly part of the world and can't get out of the neighborhood without climbing. I am happy to go 28miles reliably. I don't think there are many owners out there who go 40 or even 45 miles in real world driving. Best of luck with that warranty claim. I'd rather get an option to pay for a battery upgrade. I would be satisfied with a 45Ah LifePo4 pack which will give me about 45-50 miles of range. That's all I need.
...and through my dealer will be lodging a warranty claim (when he can figure out where to do it).
Well, he better figure it out soon, because the deadline is approaching fast!