While the company formerly known as Vectrix Corporation has just changed its name to the more descriptive Electric Scooter Wind Down Corp. appellation, New Vectrix is out and about doing deals and moving forward. In fact, it's just been announced that Hesketh Motorcycles (HMC) has taken the electric maxi-scooter under its wing in the UK, where it will now be known as the Hesketh HZE-Vectrix. The British boutique brand is itself recently-revived, having previously functioned as a marque in the early Eighties when it produced a relatively small number of gas-powered machines. Current company director Charles Hesketh had this to say about the deal,
HMC will now offer the UK dealers a warranty extension plan that covers their previously-sold bikes and supply the shops with new product as well. There might also be two new models in the pipeline for 2010, though no details are being given at this time. We can only hope they decide to move the technology forward with lithium cells rather than lead-based backward direction of the two disastrously-debuted models from last January. Perhaps they'll be bold enough to pull out the eye-popping and multi-award winning superbike concept they had earlier shelved. Press release after the break.This is a brand new chapter in the life of what we know as the World's first high performance, zero emission, production motorbike. We spent a considerable amount both financially and energetically searching for a zero emission two-wheeled vehicle worthy of the Hesketh brand, and the Vectrix VX-1 meets all our requirements.
[Source: Hesketh Motorcycles / Providence Business News]
A British Brand for the Zero Emissions Market, 'Hesketh Motor Company'
London, 10th November 2009. Hesketh Motorcycles Ltd "HMC" (A division of Hesketh Motor Company Ltd) is pleased to announce that it has secured an exclusive deal with New Vectrix, which is continuing production of its world-renown zero emission electric bikes.
The bikes will be sold in the UK under the brand name "Hesketh" and will be called the Hesketh HZE-Vectrix. It will be marketed as a premium product for the commuter market with two new models expected during the course of 2010.
Charles Hesketh, Director of HMC, said. "This is a brand new chapter in the life of what we know as the World's first high performance, zero emission, production motorbike. We spent a considerable amount both financially and energetically searching for a zero emission two-wheeled vehicle worthy of the Hesketh brand, and the Vectrix VX-1 meets all our requirements."
Confirmation of the continuation of the Vectrix brand sees the way clear for HMC to offer a new contract to the current network of dealers which will include continued support* for all Vectrix bikes sold in the last two years.
Since its launch in May 2006, the Vectrix has been widely acclaimed by individual owners, fleet managers and dealers alike, a practical and quality product, enthusiastically received by the industry and positioned to meet the needs of today's environmentally informed public. With public charging units becoming common place in our towns and cities, the urban community is embracing electric transportation as a reality in which the Hesketh HZE-Vectrix will provide outstanding performance and reliability, and of course style.
As quoted in "What Diesel Magazine" New Years Honours - "The Vectrix is without doubt, the finest contribution to reducing commuting emissions bar none. And it's a showcase of what can already be done with battery technology if you stop strapping them to petrol and diesel engines in order to reduce consumption slightly. There isn't a better, quicker or cleaner commuting vehicle out there, nor is there any powered vehicle that comes near it in terms of economy or smiles per mile either."
Hesketh Motocycles Ltd was acquired earlier this year with the clear objectives of establishing a British brand in the evolving zero emissions market as well as fundamentally changing the way people commute on a daily basis. HMC is committed to 'changing the world two wheels at a time' by providing environmentally friendly, cost effective transportation for the urban commuter.