Motorcycles

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

Both handsome and eco-friendly.
IMAGE Piaggio Group
Comments

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.

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

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Esquire Philippines
View Other Articles From Esquire PH
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
This annual spectacle has been a Christmas tradition for many Filipino families since its inauguration in 2009.
 
Share
For all its loaded dialogues and stunning imagery, the film deserves the undivided attention of its audience members.
 
Share
Don’t worry, your boss could feel like a fraud too.
 
Share
 
Share
The singer hit the streets of New York in some knitwear that looks a little familiar.
 
Share
The fast food giant is investing $7.8 million in the China franchise venture.
 
Share
Rife with biting satire, the film laughs in the face of modern society’s ills, and bravely so.
 
Share
The Malampaya gas field is a vital part of the Philippine gas industry.
 
Share
CEO Adam Mosseri has said they are happy to make decisions that hurt the business, but parent company Facebook has made it clear in the past that profit comes before users.
 
Share
She put her face on a fake cover of Time magazine, and expected to get away with it.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us