Vespa Launches Electric Scooter at EICMA 2016

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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


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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.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.