Vectrix Maxi Scooter
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Vectrix Maxi Scooter

The Vectrix is faster off the line than any scooter I’ve ridden and experiences almost no power loss under load. Riding it up and over San Francisco’s multitudinous roller-coaster hills, it didn’t strain. -- Susan Carpenter (Photo by: Don Kelsen)
At first glance, it looks like your average, all-angles maxi scooter, but take a closer look: There’s no tailpipe. (Photo by: Don Kelsen)
On the up side, it was empowering to be given a specific number of miles. But on the down side, it felt like I was constantly running on empty because the bike’s range is so much more limited than it is with a typical car, motorcycle or scooter. -- Sue Carpenter (Photo by: Don Kelsen)
The Vectrix is powered by a 125-volt pack of nickel metal hydride batteries that charge with a three-pronged power chord coiled under the seat. (Photo by: Don Kelsen)
For a scooter targeting Europeans, the Vectrix is more Japanese than Italian in its looks. Its body work is futuristic, silver and, in some places, a little chintzy -- most likely to stop the price from getting entirely out of hand. -- Sue Carpenter (Photo by: Don Kelsen)