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Published on November 11th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

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Electric Scooter From Vespa Due In Showrooms In 2018

November 11th, 2017 by  


This story about the Vespa electric scooter was first published by Gas2.

Vespa told us last year at this time that it was working on an electric scooter. This year, the company brought its electric offering — the Vespa Elettrica — to the Milan Motorcycle Show, where it revealed lots of details about its latest zero-emissions scooter except for the price. The Vespa Elettrica will be available sometime next year, but the company has not said exactly when.

Vespa Elettrica electric scooter

Piaggio, the parent company of Vespa, tells The Verge its electric scooter will have a range of 100 kilometers (~60 miles). That’s about a third that of the Vespa Primavera, the 50 cc model that is the price leader in the company’s gasoline-powered lineup. But the Vespa Elettrica is not intended for long-distance commuting, and a gas scooter can’t charge at home or the workplace. The company calls it “perfect for city environments,” and it probably is exactly that.

The torque of its electric motor should offset some of the machine’s lack of range with performance that is superior to a traditional 50 cc machine.

Charging the battery takes 4 hours from a “normal wall outlet,” which in Italy is 220 volts. In North America, charging time would be longer. Piaggio says the battery is good for about 50,000 to 70,000 kilometers — equivalent to about 10 years of use. The battery is expected to have 80% capacity remaining after 1,000 charging cycles. There is no information available about whether the battery can be replaced or how much a replacement battery might cost.

For those who are concerned about range, Vespa will sell a hybrid model with a gas-powered range extender that will boost range to about 200 kilometers (124 miles).

As befits an electric vehicle, the Vespa Elettrica will come complete with a 4.3 inch touchscreen that displays information such as speed, range remaining, and battery state of charge. A smartphone app will allow drivers to connect to the electric scooter via Bluetooth to access texts and incoming phone calls. The app will also have a map feature and make diagnostic information available to the driver. Vespa will offer a Bluetooth-enabled helmet with built-in microphone and speakers for hands-free communication during any journey.

The Vespa Elettrica comes standard in silver livery with electric blue trim, but the buyer can choose from 7 different colors when ordering one. The company has released no information about availability in North America yet.


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