I am happy to report that my 2006 Vectrix VX-1 is back on the road (with a vengeance) thanks to a Nissan Leaf battery pack from Hybrid Auto Center and a lot of help from Dugas Engineering.
The NIMH batteries in my VX-1 died from letting it sit too long without charging and it sat dead in my driveway for way too long. After reading some posts on this site, I finally got a pack to install. Installing the pack is super simple. Especially if you watch you tube videos from this guy:
But getting the pack in was the easy part. After that I tried finding software and tools online to upgrade my controller and charger. This ended with my bricking my controller. I ponied up the $20 to ask Dugas a tech support question and boy am I glad I did. They helped me not only getting my controller flashed and working again, but also built me a custom adapter to be able to use an ELCON charger instead of the old (prone to fail) Vectrix charger. The ELCON is sweet and Dugas provided a complete kit for replacement. This included all the mounting hardware, an adapter box to adapt the ELCON connections to the existing Vectrix connectors, and really great instructions. I have replaced the software on both my controller and charger with the latest stuff from Dugas and my bike is working great. They even send me updates periodically.
The final step is installing a BMS from my friends at Lightning Motorcycles.
Now that it's upgraded, I'm still working on range calculations, but it's easily double what I had with the original batteries. The bike is a lot faster and seeing a top speed of about 70 now.
Just wanted to post this for anyone else considering a conversion. The packs are still relatively hard to find, but if you can get one and connect up with Dugas you should be in pretty good shape. Now that my VX-1 is on the road I would love to get my hands on a VX-3 and do the conversion on that. They seem to be really hard to find. If anyone has one they'd like to unload, please let me know.
In any case, here are the links to the people I worked with for my conversion:
For software updates I'm using Vectrix Diagnostic Software version 220.127.116.11. I use the VX1Li panel.
Hope to see more of these on the road soon!