The intense and rigorous "CleanWeek 2020" competition was judged by a prominent panel of 12 automotive and motorcycle journalists from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Scandinavia, U.K., Italy, Switzerland, and Austria using challenging criterion that included Ecoscore (consumption, emissions, and noise), Driving Range, Recycling, Refilling/Reloading, Price, Performance/Consumption, Aesthetics/Styling, Drivability, Availability in the Market, and Quality of the Press Kit. The Circuit Zolder "Clean Week 2020" award categories included e-Scooters (under 25 km/h/15 mph, under 45 km/h/30 mph, and over 45 km/h/30 mph), e-Bicycle, e-Quadricycle, and e-Bike (on-road, off-road, and MX). The VECTRIX electric VX-1 Li/Li+ has competed in and won the "over 45 km/h (30 mph)" class both years it has entered the CleanWeek event (2011 and 2012).
"Vectrix is so proud to take home the European e-Scooter of the Year award for the second year in a row for our clean energy VX-1 Li/Li+," said Brian Buccella, Vectrix Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We are very pleased to be recognized by such a prestigious panel of motorcycle and scooter experts who understand the core technologies, value, performance, quality, and cost-effectiveness of our Vectrix electric scooters. To win this category two consecutive years is amazing. It is indeed a tribute to the entire Vectrix team who continue to set the global standard for electric transportation. To receive this validation once again from the European motorcycle journalist community is proof that Vectrix is the world leader in clean energy vehicles."
VX-1 Li/Li+: The VECTRIX VX-1 Li/Li+ has been awarded the European "e-Scooter of the Year" by Belgium’s Circuit Zolder’s CleanWeek 2020 for two years in a row (May 2011 + 2012). Perfect for commuting and touring, as well as police, security, and cargo-parcel delivery applications, the zero-gas emission VX-1 Li and Li+ are the latest generation of VECTRIX’s flagship vehicle, the VX-1. The clean energy VECTRIX VX-1 now offers two lithium (LiFePO4) battery options — the VX-1 Li — a 30-amp hour battery, and the VX-1 Li+ — a 42-amp hour battery. At an estimated electrical recharge cost of one cent per mile, the VX-1 Li and Li+ reduce operating costs while increasing personal transportation efficiency.
The VX-1 is powerful and fast providing superior handling due to a low center of gravity, stiff frame, and even weight distribution. With a curb weight of 425 pounds (193 kg) for the VX-1 Li and 460 pounds (209 kg) for the VX-1 Li+, both bikes are capable of speeds up to 68 mph (110 km/h). The VX-1 Li has a range of up to 40 to 60 miles (64 to 96 km) and the VX-1 Li+ has a range of up to 55-85 miles (88 to 136 km) [depending on factors like terrain, weight, etc.]. The VX-1 Li accelerates from 0-50 mph (0-80 km/h) in 6.0 seconds and the VX-1 Li+ accelerates from 0-50 mph (0-80 km/h) in 6.25 seconds. Both new VX-1 Li and Li+ models come standard with the patented VECTRIX™ Multi-Function Throttle which provides regenerative braking for maximization of range and a slow-speed reverse for ease-of-use while parking as well as the patented rugged VECTRIX™ rear-wheel mounted planetary gear drive. Both new VX-1 models come with a 1.5 kW on-board battery charger that plugs into a standard 110V/220V and features a recharge time of around 3 to 4 hours for the VX-1 Li and 4 to 6 hours for the VX-1 Li+. Both VX-1s are incredibly cost-effective to operate and produce zero gas emissions.
The Vectrix VX-1 is available in White, Black, and Silver. The MSRP for the VX-1 Li is $11,995 USD (EUR 8,850 not including VAT) and the VX-1 Li+ is $13,995 USD (EUR 10,050 not including VAT). For more information, please visit www.vectrix.com.
Key Features of the VECTRIX VX-1 Li/Li+:
All-electric with zero emissions — no need for oil or gas, and virtually silent operation. Plugs into any 110V/220V standard outlet and charges battery to 80% capacity in 2.5 hours.
Powerful and fast — Rapidly accelerates to a top speed of 68 mph (110 km/h). Zero to 50 mph (80 km/h) in as little as 6.0 seconds.
Range up to 55 to 85 miles (88 to 136 km) on a single charge, due to battery pack energy density and our unique regenerative braking technology.
Superior handling due to a low center of gravity, quality components, and even weight distribution.
Low Maintenance — with no oil, no filters, and no clutch your cost of ownership is minimal.
Patented VECTRIX™ Multi-Function Throttle provides regenerative braking to maximize range possibilities and a slow-speed reverse for greater maneuverability and easy parking.
Patented VECTRIX™ integrated rear-wheel mounted single stage planetary gear drive that is extremely low maintenance. The first VECTRIX factory recommended service interval for the gear drive is at 200,000 miles (320,000 km).
Low noise for reduced sound pollution.
VECTRIX™ was formed to develop and commercialize zero emission vehicle platform technologies and to set the global standard for electric vehicles. The single focus of VECTRIX™ has been to provide clean, efficient, reliable, and affordable urban transportation for law enforcement/security, parcel/cargo delivery, and consumer markets. VECTRIX™ now offers professional and private customers a growing range of clean energy vehicles including the VX-1 Li/Li+, VX-2, and VX-3 Li+. In 2011, the VECTRIX™ VX-1 Li/Li+ and VX-2 were named European "e-Scooter of the Year" by CleanWeek 2020 at Belgium’s prestigious Circuit Zolder. In 2012, the VECTRIX™ VX-1 Li/Li+ won European "e-Scooter of the Year" for a second consecutive time. VECTRIX™ has facilities in New Bedford, MA and Wroclaw, Poland.