The First Electric Vespa Looks Like a Stylish Italian 'Tron' Light Cycle

Both handsome and eco-friendly.
IMAGE Piaggio Group

Vespa has announced the production of its first electric scooter, the Vespa Elettrica. The Vespa Elettrica, which was first unveiled last year, will be the first Piaggio Group product to adopt "innovative machine-man interconnectivity solutions."

The futuristic two-wheeler will go on sale in Europe in October 2018, with an expected rollout in the U.S. and Asia in 2019. Check it out:

The Vespa Elettrica is the brand's first electric scooter, and the first product of the Piaggio Group to adopt innovative machine-man interconnectivity solutions. IMAGE: Piaggio Group

The Elettrica was unveiled about a year ago, but production of the model was just recently announced. It will be made in the Pontedera plant in the province of Pisa, the same one where Vespa first rolled off the line in the spring of 1946. IMAGE: Piaggio Group

The Elettrica is designed to operate quietly, with a low-maintenance battery that charges for four hours and can go for 1,000 charge cycles. IMAGE: Piaggio Group

The long-awaited electric version of the world’s most famous and beloved scooter will be produced at the Pontedera plant in the province of Pisa, the same one where Vespa first rolled off the line in the spring of 1946.

The Vespa Elettrica will be outfitted with a Power Unit capable of delivering a continuous power of 2 kW and a peak power of 4 kW: values that, combined with a torque of over 200 Nm, provide a performance superior to that of a traditional 50cc scooter. The scooter is also designed to be completely silent, with a maximum range of about 100 km. It will also come equipped with its own multimedia platform that allows the Elettrica to connect to smartphones, so you can answer calls and use the smartphone's voice commands to make calls or play music (as an accessory, there will also be a dedicated helmet with a bluetooth intercom to make this easier). Best of all, it will only take four hours to charge the Elettrica's relatively low-maintenance battery, which will last for 1000 charge cycles and should be good for up to 10 years of use. A hybrid model is also in the works: the Elettrica X.

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Price points have yet to be announced, but we can expect the Elettrica to cost as much as Vespa's current high-end models.

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