Vespa’s first electric scooter moves from concept to reality.
Piaggio has turned up the music at the electric party by debuting its first production electric scooter, the Vespa Elettrica at the EICMA show in Milan. Featured in concept form last year, this new scooter will have peak power of 4 kW, which Piaggio says will have more performance than the 50cc petrol version thanks to the electric motor delivering torque at any speed.
The electric Vespa will come in two versions, the standard Elettrica with a more-than-capable range of 62 miles but with those wanting more bang for your buck (literally) the generator-powered Hybrid version, the Elettrica X is said to be able to provide a range of 124 miles. Piaggio claim it will take an estimated four-hours to charge the Elettrica’s lithium-ion battery to completely full, but with batteries charging non-linearly, you can probably expect an 80% top-up in an hour under that.
Onboard the Elettrica is a colour TFT display that connects to Smartphones via Bluetooth with the Piaggio Multimedia Platform. Riders can access a digital dashboard and view the remaining charge level, speed and collect trip data. Every Elettrica will be finished in Silver but there will be seven different trim colours to choose from.
The Elettrica will be on sale in 2018 but the price is yet to be confirmed by Piaggio.