Called the Vespa Elettricra, the new scooter retains the famous delectable lines of its “analogue” stable mates, but sports an electric motor capable of pushing the Italian lovely (and rider) sixty-two miles before needing to suckle at the electronic teat.
I wouldn’t expect sports bike performance out of this. Vespa claims it will have “superior performance” to a 50cc scooter. Still, we can at least expect that zero-revolution torque that makes electric motors so delicious. Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, hints at its urban intent by saying that it will be “perfect for city environments”.
For those who would like a little more range, there is also going to be a model, called the Vespa Elettricra X, which has a four-stroke petrol engine on board as well. The petrol engine does not power the machine directly, but serves to charge the battery, bringing the usable range to 124 miles.
There’s an App for That
The Vespa Elettricra sports a gorgeous new 4.3″ TFT display, and will sync with a Vespa app. The app will allow you to view diagnostic information and range data, among other things. You will be able to access your phone’s voice assistance and control music in conjunction with a new helmet they are going to release at the same time. This helmet contains bluetooth connectivity, speakers and a microphone.
We have no information on price, or exact release date at this time, but you can be sure we’ll be letting you know as soon as we do!