The Vespa Elettrica electric scooter is now available to buy online until November 2018, for the price of €6,390. Or you can go monthly installments of €991 (with a down payment), which includes Vespa Care. That cover includes the maintenance service at 36 months or 10,000km, an additional 12 month warranty extension, regular battery check and road assistance with added services.
We’ve previously covered most of the details for the new Vespa Elettrica scooter. It’s the first battery-powered bike from the iconic Italian brand, alongside the Vespa Electric X hybrid. But if you’re going purely electric, you get a max power output of 4kw, and a range of 100km. Which should work in cities and other urban areas if you can get away from the lights quickly.
When you need to recharge, the Vespa Elettrica should be back to full power in 4 hours attached to a normal mains outlet. So assuming you commute less than 60 miles to work, you’ll then have time to fill your electric scooter full of juice before heading home. Although parent company Piaggio warns the power storage will only be about 80% efficient after around 1,000 charge cycles, it should stay that way for up to 10 years. So the Vespa Elettrica isn’t cheap to purchase, but it could make a lot of sense for longterm ownership.
The Vespa Elettrica electric scooter is now available to buy online via the dedicated website. If you’re not fussed about being one of the first retro electric scooter owners, it’ll also be sold across Europe following the EICMA 2018 show in November. And then it’ll become available in the USA and Asia at the start of 2019.
Now that the price is confirmed, and the Vespa Elettrica electric scooter is now available to buy, there’s one question. Would we invest in one? At the moment, it would be a little tricky to justify spending almost double the price of a 50cc petrol Vespa for city use based on price and performance alone. Yes, it’ll have more torque than a regular internal combustion engine. And it’ll be cheaper to run. But you’ll only make back the running costs over a fairly lengthy period of time.
We already know electric motorcycles and scooters can be a lot of fun. For example, the KTM Freeride E-XC and E-SM were great to ride. But at the moment it still only really makes sense if you have plenty of cash. Plus you live close to work, and really appreciate the ecological benefits. Having said that, electric is increasingly the future. So it’s something we all need to get used to, and sooner rather than later.