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They’ll sell the body elettrica

October 8, 2018
Vespa Elettrica home page

The Vespa Elettrica website is now up and running. (Vespa Elettrica screenshot)

In a statement issued Monday, Piaggio Group announced availability of the production version of the Vespa Elettrica, claiming “mobility in general, and electric mobility in particular, will never be the same again.” Um, okay.

You’ll recall the production Elettrica debuted at EICMA 2017, after being shown as a concept the year before. You can be first on your block to reserve one… if you live in Europe. Reservations will be taken on the Vespa Elettrica minisite, with deliveries to begin as EICMA 2018 opens in November. Sales in the U.S. and Asia are set to begin early in 2019.

Piaggio confirmed details of the bike that had circulated previously: The motor is rated at 4 kW (5.4 hp) and claimed range on a full charge (which will take four hours) is 100 km (62.5 miles). No top speed is mentioned, but the release says its performance will “outshine a traditional 50cc scooter.” The powertrain includes regenerative braking, which will put electrons back when braking and coasting.

While the battery is not easily removable, the charging unit is built in, with a cable located in the underseat pet cooker (most electrics so far have sacrificed underseat storage to accommodate the battery). That cable can be plugged into a public charging station or standard wall outlet (in Europe, those are 240V AC, aka Level 2: how North American 120V AC affects charging time is not mentioned).

How much? In the Eurozone, €6,390. That’s $7,360 U.S., which does not include any tariff the current occupant of the White House might want to slap on it. Not cheap, but then nobody thought it would be.

One Comment
  1. Dave Langholff permalink
    October 15, 2018 9:00 am

    Watching this news with interest……now, when they can rival the speed and power of a GTS, I’m going to be much more interested.

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