Vespa scooters have been one of the most popular and visible motor scooters in the world for decades. With the introduction of the new Vespa Elettrica, personal transportation will never be the same.
Combining the style and quality of the Vespa brand with the environmentally-friendly approach of electric power, the Elettrica is poised to take over the market of electric-powered scooters in urban areas.
What Are The Key Specifications?
- Maximum driving range of 62 miles (100 km)
- Max speed up to 30 mph (50 km)
- 4 kw motor roughly equal to the performance of a 50cc scooter
- Charge time of 4 hours
How Does The Vespa Elettrica Drive?
Reviews have been mixed since its release in America in April. While some love how silent and smooth the ride is, others wish for more power and torque coming off of a dead stop such as a traffic light.
There are two driving modes: Power and Eco. The Power mode will let you test out the limits of the Elettrica’s speed capabilities (31 mph). The Eco mode will limit your speed to roughly 22 mph and conserve your battery when you’re driving it mostly on city streets with reduced speed limits.
Handling is easy and smooth and should be quick to learn for anyone. The ride is very stable and steering is appropriately responsive.
The braking is smooth and quick with two different regenerative braking settings. One mode will be more aggressive to stop you more quickly than a similar-powered gas Vespa, and the other will be a smoother deceleration. Both systems will provide power back into the battery via the regenerative braking technology.
What Sets The Vespa Elettrica Apart?
Compared to the lower-end seated electric scooters on the market currently, the Vespa Elettrica is the top of the line.
- Two Rider Capability
This Elettrica also is set up to carry two people at the same time which is rare on the electric scooter market right now. There are a pair of passenger pegs for the second rider to set their feet comfortably.
- Very Long Battery Life
The battery life is expected to be very long with an estimate of 1,000 charging cycles before you start to lose 20% of the battery’s efficiency. That could equate for the average rider for a 10-year life span prior to losing any performance whatsoever.
- Extra Storage
The seat folds up to store anything from a purse to a bag of groceries.
There’s a steep price tag at around $7,400. Yes, it’s far more expensive than just about any other electric scooter on the market, but this model is designed for the rider who seeks luxury and style and can afford to pay for it.
Another good thing is that there are financing options through Vespa that make this scooter far more affordable. Depending on where you live and your lifestyle, the cost of owning this Elettrica over time could be much less than Uber fares and light rail fees.
This is the ideal urban scooter option for those that need comfort and maneuverability for rides under 15 miles without worrying that it will be too fast for them to feel comfortable and safe.