• Apr 28th 2008 at 3:33PM
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As the video pasted after the break points out, running a 26 mile marathon is a tough task as it is. Though this writer couldn't hope to complete one anyway, doing so while bracketed by pollution-spewing cars and motorcycles makes it that much harder. So, we love the idea of using Vectrix electric scooters as the pace-setters and support vehicles for the just-finished Boston Marathon.

The video also mentions lighter but higher capacity batteries on the horizon. We can only assume that this refers to lithium ion packs. Take note of the electric MP3-style scooter that we've mentioned before which is slated to go on sale in eight months along with the electric sportsbike that could go on sale within a few years, depending on the interest level. The video concludes by making mention of the Brammo Enertia (see our ride here) and Zero Motorcycles off-road bike.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Any runner knows that choking on the exhaust of a car that just went past you makes you nauseous and saps your energy. I can’t imagine having to follow several cars for an entire marathon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hehe.. i guess they took a gamble or rode the route twice before, to make sure the particular model has enough range ?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The more they sell the better off the company and further we invest into green technology . A win win situation
      • 7 Years Ago
      Generally the press/pace trucks are far enough ahead for this not to be a huge issue. Frequently, though, motorcycles are used for close-in camera shots; I could see a move to electric being well received there.

      Disclaimer: while I do run marathons, I'm a long way back from any potential press-truck exhaust issues and have not, so far, been singled out for film coverage. This is probably a good thing.
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