The Vectrix Super Fast Electric Scooter

A green Vector electric scooter on a boardwalk beside blue water and the sky.

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The Vectrix Super Fast Electric Scooter has a top speed of 62mph, a range of up to 70 miles, and goes 0-60 in just under 8 seconds. (If you want something a little tamer, check out Honda’s Cute Seated Electric Scooter.) The recharger plugs into a standard outlet and gets up to 80% charge in about two hours.

A Fast Scooter That’s Easy To Use

A red electric scooter outside a brick building.

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There's no clutch, no gears, just a single regenerative throttle that slows the scooter smoothly when it's let off (while also using the braking energy to recharge the battery!). And according to their FAQ, they're planning a fuel cell/electric hybrid scooter with a much higher range. And of course, it goes without saying: no noise, no emissions.

What's the catch?

The scooter won't be on the market until 2006.

A parked NYPD Police Vectrix electric scooter.

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I have it on good authority that the company doesn't consider the U.S. a particularly high-priority market relative to Europe, since Americans love SUVs, right? Well, you can reserve a scooter (no obligation) here. If they get enough U.S. response, maybe they'll allocate more to the U.S. and you'll see one of these babies zipping through your neighborhood soon. [by Dave Roberts of Gristmill]