Friday, February 06, 2009

Plug-In Scooter for a Zero-Emissions Commute

Short urban trips are also making manufacturers think about the role of electric plug-in scooters. Here's an interesting piece from Wired's Autopia blog:


Vectrix has unveiled a pair of electric scooters that need just three hours to charge and deliver as many as 55 miles before you've gotta plug them in.

The bikers and gearheads gathered at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show seemed impressed by the VX-1E and VX-2 scooters that Vectrix says are just the thing for urban commuting. The company's first generation of scooters, introduced in 2007, has enjoyed some success in Europe and has been adopted by the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, so you know they're tough.

"It's a perfect choice to replace cars for short urban trips," says company CEO Mike Boyle. "The shortest car trips are the most damaging in terms of global warming, air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil."

Actually, the perfect choice for short urban trips is walking, riding a bike or taking mass transit. But an electric scooter is better than driving.

Read full article - 'Plug-In That Scooter for a Zero-Emissions Commute'


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