The day has finally arrived! The Piaggio Group has decided to give its iconic Vespa scooter a complete makeover, and we’re not really talking about aesthetics. Actually, Piaggio has just announced that it will release a fully electric Vespa in 2018, which will be dubbed Vespa Elettrica.
This outstandingly elegant two-wheeler was showcased at the EICMA show in Milan, which is only fitting. That’s because the company also unveiled the Vespa Elettrica concept at the same venue just a year before. This goes to show that many concepts actually do make it into production, especially if there’s a demand for them.
Aside from its instantly recognizable retro look, this new Vespa impresses with some dramatic changes under the “hood.” The space-age chrome-and-blue that was revealed during the show will be complemented by seven other color combinations, which will become available upon purchase. Power-wise, we’re looking at a 4 kW “Power Unit” that has completely replaced the conventional gasoline engine. When compared to regular 50cc scooters, this powertrain is significantly more impressive both in terms of acceleration and overall speed.
The Elettrica truly shines when it comes to range, though. With a 62-mile promise on a single charge, it’s hard not to get your hopes up. A complete charge will be achievable in four hours, and that’s just by using a conventional wall plug.
A Hybrid will also be available
Those of you who are looking for a bit more range will be treated to a hybrid version based on a gas-powered generator. Dubbed Elettrica X, this Vespa will be able to cover about 124 miles on a single charge, which should definitely satisfy even the most demanding requirements. We are talking about an elegant little two-wheeler, after all. No word on pricing just yet, but if we know Piaggio, both of these models will likely be quite expensive.