Piaggio has announced the October start of the production of the Vespa Elettrica. The iconic Italian scooter will now come in a fully electric version with an innovative new interface as part of the technology package.
The production is to begin at the company’s Pontedera plant, which also birthed the original Vespa scooter in 1946. European bookings will begin in October with the entire sales process being handled online, including offers of finance packages. The sale price is expected to be at the upper end of the current Vespa range of offerings.
Sales in the US and Asia are slated for 2019. In the meantime the company expects to hit their full marketing stride to time with EICMA in November of this year.
The company also expects the Vespa Elettrica to be upgraded with a form of Artificial Intelligence that will make the scooter aware of its surroundings, enabling it to offer solutions as well as to interact with vehicles around it (with the assumption that those vehicles have compatible systems). It will also continuously improve its knowledge of the user and adapt its drive accordingly.
The scooter’s power unit offers output of 2 kW with a peak of 4 kW available when needed. The range is 100 kilometres and charge time is 4 hours. The battery is claimed to offer peak efficiency through 1000 recharges, with a usage of 50 to 70,000 kilometres expected.
The information panel is a 4.3″ TFT LCD panel with light sensors to offer clear visibility. The system connects to your smartphone, allowing internet access and display of notifications. In addition, Vespa will be offering a bluetooth equipped helmet with earphones and microphone.
In addition, the Vespa Elettrica X will offer an on-board IC engine that boosts the range to 200 kilometres. This version gets a three litre fuel tank as well. The generator is automatically brought online when needed.