Vespa to launch electric scooter in 2018

Words: Nile Bijoux
28 Nov 2017

The Vespa is arguably one of the most iconic symbols of carefree Italian living. The scooter has been in production more or less unchanged physically since the 1950s. Now it is set to become part of the EV revolution.

The Vespa Elettrica will maintain the classic Vespa look but swap out the petrol-powered engine for a flash new electric powertrain. The new motor will provide a continuous output of 2kW and peak power of 4kW, with about 100km of range per charge. The battery pack will take about 4 hours to recharge using a regular home outlet. An ‘X’ version will have double the range thanks to a small petrol-powered generator.

Piaggio says that users should expect about 10 years, or between 50,000 and 70,000km of use before the battery pack will need to be replaced. After 1000 charge cycles the scooter will still have about 80 percent of the original capacity.

The Elettrica will sport a 4.3-inch TFT colour display between the handlebars that displays speed, range and charge level. A dedicated app will be available to connect the scooter to your smartphone, allowing the display to relay messages and incoming calls. Vespa will release a special helmet equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers and a microphone, which will allow riders to trigger a voice assistant and control music.

The Elettrica will ship in 2018 with price and exact dates to be announced.

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