Vespa Elettrica To Start Production In September 2018

Good news for people looking to get an electrical Vespa for sale, as the Piaggio Group, the manufacturing group behind the popular scooters, revealed that they’ll be starting the production of the Vespa Elettrica electric scooter. The model was initially teased back at the 2016 EICMA Show and recently made its debut in India at the year’s Auto Expo.

The original plan for the scooter was that Vespa would be starting its production sometime in late 2017 at the Piaggo plant in Pontedera, however, there was a change of plan. Vespa engineers decided to incorporate some additional changes to the design, hence why the production was delayed to late September 2018. Piaggo says that the scooter will be available at dealerships that have Vespa for sale soon, as early as October 2018. Initially, the model will only be available in Europe, before expanding sales to the US, and then to India by early 2019.

Currently, there have bee no definitive number for the scooter’s price tag, but Piaggo has stated that the Elettrica will be placed in the same price bracket as some of its higher-end models in the lineup, meaning that the pricing will probably sit around $7,000 and up.

The Vespa Elettrica will be powered by an electric motor, which can generate up to 4.0kW (5.4 PS) of power, with 2.0kW (2.7 PS) at a continuous flow. Combined with a torque level of over 200Nm (148 ft-lbs), the bike specs suggest that it’ll perform similarly to a standard 50cc scooter. As with most electric scooters available on the market, the Elettrica may be offered with a ‘Power’ and ‘Eco’ riding mode, though details have yet to be revealed. Vespa is also claiming that the new scooter has a range of 100km and can be fully charged in 4 hours.

The concept that was teased back at the Auto Expo 2018 featured a touchscreen TFT display, which is expected to be present on the production model when it finally rolls out.

Piaggo, according to a statement released by the company, has big plans for the new electric scooter, which include, among others, AI features.