Electric ScootersWe've been writing about all kinds of scooters for years, but because of high oil prices, they're now seeing a renaissance of sorts. With 30% of Americans saying they would consider riding a scooter--even some people we wouldn't expect to--and sales of scooters up by 200% (and that was as of two years ago), now seems like a perfect time to revisit some of our past scooter coverage and bring it all together. Following are our favorite electric scooters, including production models and concepts:
Vectrix Electric Scooter
First, an electric scooter that leaves a lot of other forms of transportation in the dust: the Vectrix Electric Scooter. Powered by a 125-volt Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack that you can recharge in a couple of hours, it can accelerate from zero to 50 mph (80 kph) in 6.8 seconds, with a max speed of 60 mph (100 kph) and a range of about 68 miles (110 km) at an average of 25 mph (40 kph). The 2008 North American MSRP for a Vectrix Electric Scooter is $9,395.
You can see the Vectrix in action - filmed from low angles with rhythmic music - in this promo video:
More on the Vectrix Electric Scooter
Vectrix Electric Scooter Launching in November 2006
The Vectrix Super Fast Electric Scooter
Vectrix Electic Scooter Test Drive: It Really Works!
The First Vectrix Electric Scooter Delivery
UK Police Test Vectrix Electric Scooter
Honda's Electric Moped PrototypeIn 2005, we covered Honda's cute electric scooter, but sadly it doesn't seem like it is in production yet. (Honda, you reading this? Come on!) What made it interesting was its small size and weight, allowing for maximum urban mobility. It has a lever-based throttle system which is easier for novice riders, and Honda claims it has similar acceleration to an equivalent gas-powered scooter.
More on Honda's Electric Scooter Prototype
Press Release from 2004: Honda Announces Electric Moped Prototype