Scooters powered by electricity are not rare nowadays. You can find them almost everywhere. But if you are trying to find an electric scooter from the famous Italian scooter maker Vespa, perhaps you shouldn’t push your luck. After all, electric scooters from Vespa are not only rare, there are none currently available. But that should change in the near future, as the famed Italian company has finally ventured into electric scooters.
This is what Vespa – a member of the Piaggio Group -- recently revealed at the 2016 EICMA (Esposizione internazionale ciclo e motociclo) motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Dubbed as the Vespa Elettrica project, this venture aims to deliver the classic Vespa style and maneuverability but sans the carbon dioxide emissions and higher fuel cost. The Italian company called the Vespa Elettrica project as the new mobility solution that allows it to step into the future consistent with its inherent values.
According to the scooter maker, the Vespa Elettrica will be a true Vespa that combines the latest in electric technology and all features that have been vital to the company’s success. It added that the Vespa Elettrica will still bear the style, agility, ease of use and riding pleasure typical of a Vespa scooter, plus a number of technological and innovative connectivity solutions. Vespa disclosed that the Vespa Elettrica concept being shown at the 74th edition of the EICMA show should have its version ready for production and sales in the second half of 2017.
The Piaggio Group, however, didn’t reveal further details about the Vespa Elettrica. The Piaggio Group also didn’t disclose how much each unit of the electric scooter would be sold once launched in the market. There have been speculations that the Vespa electric scooter would be sold at a higher end price or around several thousand dollars or more.
Meanwhile, the Piaggio Group – considered as the number one two-wheel group both in Italy and Europe – has revealed at the 2016 EICMA that it managed to hold onto its lead in the two-wheel segment in Europe by commanding a total market share of 15.5 percent as of September. It also accounts for 25.9 percent of the scooter segment In Europe.
Aside from unveiling the Vespa Elettrica project at the 2015 EICMA, the Piaggio Group also introduced the (VESPA 946) RED, an all-red version of the classic scooter that is the result of a collaboration between the Piaggio Group and (RED). The Piaggio Group has made revisions for the third generation of the globally recognized Moto Guzzi -- the V7III. The release of the Moto Guzzi V7III is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first model. In addition, the Piaggio Group also unveiled the Moto Guzzi V9 for the 2017 model as well as the new Aprilia Shiver 900 and Aprilia Dorsoduro 900z.