Vespa Launches Electric Scooter at EICMA 2016



Vespa just made history by launching its first-ever electric scooter model at EICMA 2016. And, frankly, I couldn’t be more excited about a new scooter if I tried.

“The Vespa Elettrica will, first and foremost, be a true Vespa,” according to Vespa’s official PR. “(It will be) bringing the very latest in electric technology to a vehicle that will retain all the features that have been vital to its success. The style, agility, ease of use, and riding pleasure will be the same as the Vespa we have always known, with the addition of technological and innovative connectivity solutions—a perfect mix of excitement, technology and environmental friendliness that only Vespa can create. Like it has always done in its first 70 years of history.”


Electric Vespa Looks Perfect


Sadly, Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, hasn’t seen fit to announce any specs. Still, given the instant-on torque of electric motors and Vespa’s experience with efficient CVT transmissions, it’s safe to say that performance will be at least on par with the brand’s 2 stroke 50cc bikes. Probably.

I hope they call it “Vespa 2, Electric Boogaloo”, but they might not. What would you call the little electric scooter? Would you buy one? Let us know what you think of Vespa’s latest bid to keep its models eco-relevant in the comments section at the bottom of the page, and keep an eye out for more EICMA coverage in the coming days. Enjoy!


Source | Images: Vespa, via Ultimate Motorcycling.

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  • Tadeusz Piskozub

    I for one cannot wait until this hits the streets. Some 2-stroke scooters burn so much oil, that the smoke literally leaves an bad aftertaste in your mouth.

    • You need these guys. They have scented 2-stroke in vanilla, raspberry, and bacon varieties …

      • Tadeusz Piskozub

        “semi-synthetic oil available with fresh vanilla scent”
        Whoah, didn’t know that was a thing.

        The bacon scented one really speaks to me(though I can’t seem find it). Anyway, this sounds like a plan, thanks. 😀

        Now I need to do is convince all the people in this city of 300k souls in their scooters, mopeds and Tuk-tuks that we need to make this place smell like juicy slices of pork.