Vespa Elettrica For Sale
The Vespa Elettrica is a new generation electric powered retro style scooter which makes around 5bhp peak power. It's packed with shiny technology like regenerative braking and a large colour TFT dash.
- Shiny, like the future, ninja quiet
- Only takes an open face helmet, longish charge time
What Is It?
It's powered by an electric motor with 2 KW / 2.7bhp continuous power and 4 KW / 5.4bhp peak power but compared to a traditional petrol engine it should provide most of that power instantly so it will be nippier in town traffic than the figures suggest.
- Steel frame and panels
- Lithium-ion battery
- Braking energy recovery system
- Ride modes: Power, Eco, Reverse
- 4.3" colour TFT dash with adaptive back light
- Keyless start and indicator flash
- LED headlight
The electric motor benefits from reduced maintenance, as does the Lithium-ion battery versus those found in normal scooters and charging uses a cable hidden under the seat however it takes 4 hours to completely re-charge. Battery life is quoted as 1000 full charging cycles at 100%, which Vespa reckon is equivalent to 31,000-44,000 miles or roughly 10 years of use however even after that time you can still look forward to 80% original capacity with no iPhone style reduced top speed!
Unlike most scooters you also get a reverse gear mode for easy manoeuvring and Eco ride mode which limits the top speed to 19mph with more gradual acceleration. You can also pair your mobile with the scooter via a dedicated app which lets incoming calls and messages pop up on the scooter's dash. The system even lets you listen to music or answer incoming calls via the Bluetooth comms system in the optional ski-style Elettrica helmet (check this pics above).
Under the seat there is space for a helmet as you would expect but unfortunately only an open face style, so you might want the optional top box or their matching back protector with helmet carrier/rucksack and as usual the glovebox in the steering column includes a USB port.
The Elettrica X version has a range of 124 miles, roughly double the base model, which uses an on board petrol generator and 3 litre fuel tank to keep the battery charged however to make space for the generator the battery is roughly half the size and has a range of only 31 miles on its own. The generator will either kick in once the juice is running low or can be activated by the rider using an additional Extender riding mode.
The cast Aluminium wheels are 12" at the front and 11" at the rear.
Accessories include the top box, screen, front/rear luggage racks, side stand, colour matched helmet, back protector, helmet rucksack and LED backpack.
Colours: Only Silver but the rim colour can be customised to orange, yellow, gold, blue, black, silver or grey alongside the optional colour matched helmet.
Did You Know?
It will be produced in Pontedera, Italy
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Check out this video from Vespa:
and this one for some action: