Vespa’s scooters are pretty iconic, but for the most part they run on gas which means that if you wanted a “greener” option, you’d be out of luck, at least until now where Vespa has announced that their first electric scooter will be made available in Europe this coming October. There are also plans to expand its available in the US and Asia in the early part of 2019.
Vespa had actually announced their plans for an electric scooter back in 2017, and now it looks like almost a year later, the scooter will be available for purchase. There has yet to be any kind of pricing mentioned, but the Vespa Elettrica will be priced similar to the company’s current high-end models, meaning that if you were hoping for an affordable electric scooter, you might be out of luck.
We expect that this will change over time as the demand for electric vehicles starts to increase, which means companies will be able to produce them on a greater scale which could cut costs. Technology could also advance to make the manufacturing process cheaper. As for the specs of the Vespa Elettrica, it will have a max range of 100km, and will take about four hours to fully recharge.
Its battery has also been rated to be worth 1,000 charge cycles before capacity drops to 80%, which has been estimated to take about 10 years or so, although your mileage may vary depending on how much you travel. Vespa isn’t alone in their electric bike efforts because Harley-Davidson has also announced plans for their own electric bike which will debut in 2019.
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