Vespa has recently brought out a production model at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. This model is that of its electric scooter that it is going to introduce in the future. The scooter will be called Vespa Elettrica. It is expected that this scooter would be able to cover a distance of 100 km with a single charge. It is also going to be pretty easy charging the scooter. Its owners can charge it from a public charging station or even from a socket in their own home. It takes around 4 hours to be charged fully.
The scooter has been designed in such a way that it can be used conveniently in an urban setting. The scooter would be sold in Europe from some point in 2018. Piaggio has still not said anything about whether it will launch the scooter in India.
Details on the scooter
The scooter is expected to have a TFT (thin film transistor) screen that will measure 4.3 inches and come with various multimedia options. It will be able to consistently produce power in the range of 2.7 BHP (brake horsepower) and would be able to get up to 5.4 BHP at the most.
Piaggio has further stated that the bike would be operating in complete silence. If you buy the X variant you would get a generator along with the electric motor. This would help you get twice the range that the makers are claiming to provide.
Elettrica would get its power from a lithium-ion battery that is light and it would run 1000 cycles at the very least. This means that with one battery you would be able to drive at least 50,000 to 70,000 km.
The scooter comes in a couple of riding modes – Power and Eco. In the Eco mode, you would not get top speeds in excess of 30 kilometers per hour (KMPH).
Some more information
The design of this bike is a lot similar to the scooter design used normally by Vespa. The scooter also has a multimedia system that allows you to pair a Bluetooth headset, as well as your smartphone, to the scooter.
The dashboard provides you plenty of information too and it comes with a number of interactive options. This includes notifications pertaining to incoming messages and calls.
The dashboard also tells you about the speed you are going at, the battery charge that remains, and the residual range.
It is pretty easy to operate the multimedia system – you have a joystick that can be accessed quite easily and is there on the right handlebar.
If you connect your smartphone to the scooter you would be able to use a headphone and operate it by way of voice commands. The scooter will be coming in seven colors. There will also be plenty of accessories to choose from in this case.
In this day and age when fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal are coming to an end and their unabashed abuse has led to environmental pollution of such potentially catastrophic proportions, it is highly important that vehicles such as these are promoted and used to a greater extent.