For those not familiar with Vectrix, it used to be a Rhode Island-based manufacturer of electric maxi scooters, with research and development facilities in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and an assembly plant in Wroclaw, Poland. While it scooters were sold with some success in the US and in Europe, the firm was in constant financial struggle for survival, and it was finally liquidated in March of 2014.
At the time, it was unclear to what would happen to the Wroclaw factory, especially since it was supposed to produce the e-scooter of Daimler’s Smart division in the second half of 2014. But the Smart e-scooter project seemed to have vanished, at least until GOVECS recent press release: “The assembly line of the US maxiscooter manufacturer Vectrix in Wroclaw, Poland, was set to produce the “smart e-scooter” by Daimler AG. This endeavor came to an abrupt end when Vectrix had to file for bankruptcy and subsequently the smart e-scooter never left the prototype phase. Now GOVECS is resurrecting the cutting-edge production plant. As part of an asset deal the company is taking over the complete machinery as well as the inventory of Vectrix and will be integrating them into their own 4,000 m² high-tech facilities in Breslau.”
Since the factory also used to assemble the Vectrix scooters, does it mean that GOVECS will also resurrect them? The press release is kind of vague about it, insisting more on the new production capacity: “By combining our production facilities with the machine park of Vectrix we will achieve the maximum of production possibilities. This is a major step in our international expansion strategy. Once the machine park is fully integrated, the production volume of GOVECS will quadruple to more than 20,000 vehicles per year.”
However, GOVECS is far from needing such a production capacity. Even with its numerous OEM agreements, its 2015 production level is probably around 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles. So there must be another good reason for GOVECS to have acquired the Vectrix assets in Poland.
Let’s hope we will soon see a new electric maxi scooter, and we don’t really care if it is branded GOVECS or Vectrix!
Complete press release here: