The iconic Vespa scooter goes electric! Italian two-wheeler major Piaggio announced today that it will start production of Vespa Elettrica (electric scooter) in September. The long-awaited electric version of the Vespa scooter will be produced at the Pontedera plant in the province of Pisa, the same where Vespa first went off the line in 1946. The facility is today one of the leaders global technologies in terms of the design, development and production of advanced mobility solutions.
From October, the first batch of Vespa electric scooters will be available for booking, exclusively online on the dedicated website, which the company says will incorporate innovative all-inclusive financing formulas that will join conventional purchasing systems. . Piaggio specifies that the price will be in line with the high-end segment of the Vespa range currently on the market.
The Vespa Elettrica will be introduced to the European market from the end of October reaching its full scale in November to coincide with the EICMA show in Milan 2018. Sales will begin in Europe and then expand to the United States and Asia from early 2019.
The major of two-wheelers affirms that the Vespa Elettrica is a first step for the Piaggio group towards a new wealth of interconnection between vehicles and human operators. The e-scooter will be ready to be fitted in the near future with solutions under development for Gita, the robot currently under study at Piaggio Fast Forward in Boston (which will go into production in early 2019), as well as as a artificial intelligence systems both adaptive and responsive to all human input. They will be aware of people and other vehicles moving nearby, extend the operator’s ability to detect potential dangers and opportunities, and provide real-time map and traffic data that helps improve the design of transportation infrastructure. in the towns.
The company claims that these next-generation vehicles will know their operators perfectly, that they will be able to recognize them without a key fob, anticipate driving choices, interact with other devices and vehicles on the road and to allow a higher degree of customization.
The powertrain of the Vespa Elettrica delivers 2 kW of continuous power and a peak power of 4 kW, a torque of over 200 Nm, which she claims is greater than that of a traditional 50cc scooter and has a range maximum of 100 km. The e-scooter is equipped with a modern lithium-ion battery and an efficient energy recovery system (KERS, Kinetic Energy Recovery System), which recharges during deceleration, and can be recharged in 4 hours about.
The company will also present an X version of the Vespa Elettrica which will have a range of up to 200 km thanks to its gasoline generator which, depending on the driving style, saves the battery charge. To make room for the generator set and its fuel tank (3 liters), the Vespa Elettrica X will use a smaller battery which, with the generator set off, offers a range of up to 50 km. The generator will add another 150 km to the range, bringing it to 200 km, a figure that also makes Vespa Elettrica suitable for out-of-town driving. The generator will start automatically when the battery charge level drops below a certain threshold or can be entered manually by the rider by selecting the Extender mode.
Is the Vespa Elettrica coming to India?
In a previous interaction with Professional Coach, Diego Graffi, CEO and Managing Director of Piaggio Vehicles India, said the company made a very clear choice to always be different from other companies when it entered the Indian market. “Whenever we plan to enter the market with these products, we will consider full localization as we need to keep the prices affordable here,” Graffi said. Piaggio had already presented the electric Vespa at Auto Expo 2018 held in New Delhi, and had also hinted that it would consider launching electric vehicles in India.
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Piaggio will launch the marketing of a Vespa electric scooter by the end of October
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