Vespa Elettrica: The stylish scooter is going electric by 2017
Be prepared for a better connected and smarter Vespa's in the coming year.
It's all about style, simplicity and fun when it comes to Piaggio's Vespa brand. And with the electric vehicles stepping into the automotive scene, Piaggio does not want to be left behind in the two wheeler space. At this year's EICMA 2016, Piaggio has decided to showcase its Vespa Elettrica concept that will give customers a glimpse into the company's electric future that is expected to take off as soon as the second half of 2017.
Yes, this would be a first for Vespa indeed. And this comes after a good 70 years of sticking to traditional fuel driven engines. According to the press release, the brand is pretty clear about what it is out to achieve with the new concept, "the new mobility solution according to the most elegant and beloved two-wheeled brand in the world that takes a step into the future in complete consistency with the values that have accompanied its history."
While we do have an image of the concept, no details have been shared as to how much power or range Vespa is looking at. What we do know is that it will still look like Vespa as the design sticks to vintage Piaggio design that many have grown up with and loved the world over.
What we also know is that the Vespa Elettrica (in its final incarnation) will have some "technological and innovative connectivity solutions" in place. So be prepared for a better connected and smarter Vespa's in the coming year.
The Vespa story – which began in April 1946 – completes its 75th year in 2021 with 19 million scooters sold till date.
Only the second pure-electric scooter from Piaggio, the One features all-LED lighting and removable batteries.