Vectrix Launches at Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship
World’s first high-powered, electric two-wheel vehicle begins its nationwide launch as the Featured Innovation of the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship
27 June 2007
Philadelphia, Pa.—June 10, 2007—Vectrix—the world’s first high-powered, electric two-wheel vehicle designed to offer high performance and zero emissions—made its debut today as the Featured Innovation of the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship.
During race day, Vectrix served as the lead pace cycle for amateur races and escorted VIPs, winners and officials throughout the day. Vectrix also offered test drives on a track in the Restoration Hardware Parking Lot, at 4130 Main Street in Manayunk.
“We’re excited to introduce Vectrix to Philadelphia and the world at the Philadelphia International Championship,” says Vectrix founder Andrew MacGowan. “Once people see and ride Vectrix, they understand there’s nothing else like it in the world. Vectrix will revolutionize personal transportation.”
Vectrix is the first electric two-wheel vehicle to offer performance and style along with clean, efficient, electric motor. It was designed to provide reliable and affordable transportation for commuting and recreational needs, helping relieve traffic congestion, pollution, parking hassles and inflexible public transportation.
Vectrix offers low running costs, minimal maintenance, simple operation and low noise. Vectrix:
* Reaches a top speed of 62 mph and offers acceleration from 0-50 mph in 6.8 seconds.
* Has an averages range of 40-60 miles with a maximum range of 68 miles on a single charge.
* Weighs 456 pounds and seats two comfortably with a 60-inch wheelbase and 30-inch seat height.
Compared to traditional gasoline scooters that can produce up to 10 times the pollution of an average automobile, Vectrix is totally emissions free. It is virtually silent and highly efficient—a patented regenerative braking system redirects energy back into the Vectrix battery pack, which helps to extend its range by up to 12 percent.
Sophisticated design efficiencies of the smart, sleek Vectrix include a high-efficiency gearbox and drive train, aluminum construction for weight reduction and aerodynamic styling to reduce drag. A low center of gravity, stiff frame and even weight distribution provide superior handling.
For consumers with urban commutes, Vectrix is both convenient and cost effective. The driver can stop and go with one hand by simply twisting the throttle back for acceleration and twisting it forward to slow down smoothly and safely. Fast acceleration and handling make it easy and safe to zip in and out of traffic. Plus, an onboard charger plugs in to any standard 110/220V electrical outlet to charge the battery pack in just two hours.
It’s more cost effective than gas or hybrid vehicles, since electricity is now one-tenth the cost of gasoline, and the Vectrix Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack has an estimated life of up to 10 years based on 5,000 miles per year. Additional savings may be available from government rebates, local subsidies and exemptions from road tax, property tax, registration fees and inner-city congestion charges.
Initially, Vectrix will be available in major cities in Europe and the United States, including London, Rome, Milan, Florence, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.
About Vectrix Corporation
Vectrix Corporation was formed in 1996 to develop and commercialize zero emission vehicle platform technologies focused on two-wheel applications. The single focus of Vectrix has been to provide clean, efficient, reliable, and affordable inner-city transportation. Vectrix USA is located in Newport, R.I., with an engineering and test facility in New Bedford, Mass. Vectrix Europe is based in Rome, Italy.
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