My 2007 VX1's range is dramatically degrading, and I'm lucky enough to have an official Vectrix dealer (scooterville MN) in town. So I just spoke to them about possible repair options. The scooterville people called Vectrix, and came back with the following suggestions:
- Full replacement of both NiMH battery packs. Estimated cost $4800 + labor (maybe another $500). New packs come with a 2-year warranty.
- Shipping the bike to Vectrix HQ where they will selectively replace damaged cells. (Price unknown, although they suggested that it would cost '$700 each way' to ship the bike, which implies that the factory may be on the moon.)
- They'll replace my battery packs with 'refurbished' battery packs for $1800 + labor. No warranty on refurbs.
- They'll send a tech out here to do a Lithium upgrade. The lithium batteries cost 'about the same' as the NiMH packs, and for an upgrade they'll give me a $1800 credit for the old batteries. Warranty info on the Lithium packs is so far unclear.
Obviously those stories don't quite add up... why would they give me a credit for an upgrade but not for a replacement? Still, if the last option is real, that suggests that they'll upgrade a nickel bike to Lithium for around $3500.
I'll report here as I learn more. In the meantime... has anyone done any of these things? And, is there reason to think that lithium packs will be even shorter-lived than nickel ones?