Most of Vespa’s newer scooters can manage 50 or 60 miles per gallon without breaking a sweat. Next year, though, they’ll finally introduce a model that never has to visit the gas pumps.
At EICMA 2016 in Milan, Vespa just unveiled the Elettrica Concept. The name of the scooter is self-explanatory: the gas motor and fuel tank are gone, replaced by an electric motor and a battery pack. Parent company Piaggio says that Vespa fans don’t have to worry about the experience of riding the Elettrica will be any different, however.
A company spokesperson told the EICMA crowd that “the style, agility, ease of use and riding pleasure will be the same as the Vespa we have always known.”
The Elettrica would be the first electric scooter that Vespa has released in its 70-year existence. You won’t be able to buy one right away, either — but if the world’s scooter riders have already been waiting 6 or 7 decades another year or two is no big deal.
It’s expected that Piaggio will start producing the Elettrica Concept some time in late 2017 ahead of a retail launch in 2018. That’ll give you plenty of time to save up cash to buy one. While Piaggio didn’t announce an official price tag, some are guessing that the Elettrica will line up with other high-end Vespas.
That would put it somewhere around $10,000. There are much less expensive electric scooters on the market already, but… well, none of them have a Vespa badge on them. That’s an obvious selling point for some two-wheeler aficionados.
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