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Monday, June 15, 2009

Dealer hopes electric scooters will take off

From an article by Nick Paulson in the Stevens Point Journal:

A dealership in Stevens Point has become one of four in the state to sell a tailpipe emission free, electric scooter.

Laszewski & Sons began carrying the VX-1, made by Vectrix, this year after noticing an increased interest in electric vehicles because of rising gas prices and a growing interest in thinking green.

The VX-1 still leaves some carbon footprint when charging, but its 36 grams per kilometer emission is less than half of similar scooters, or about a quarter the emissions of a Toyota Prius, according to Vectrix's Web site.

"We were looking at the market, and we think this is what the future holds," said Vice President Scott Laszewski.

The scooter is completely electric. Just plug it into a standard wall outlet and it takes about two hours for an 80 percent charge, and three to five hours for a full charge.

Depending on driving conditions, a charge can get up to 60 miles. The scooter is approved for freeway use and can reach around 60 mph. A motorcycle license is required to drive one.

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