At the 75th International Cycle and Motorcycle Show (EICMA), The Piaggio Group — the Italian motorcycle maker behind the classic Vespa — finally revealed the initial design and details for its planned electric scooter. Dubbed the Vespa Elettrica (which is simply Italian for “electric Vespa”), the concept for this new, stylish scooter was previously announced at last year’s EICMA.
“Vespa Elettrica is not just an electric scooter, it is Vespa Elettrica,” according to a Piaggio press statement that accompanied the launch. The company added that it’s “a contemporary work of art with a technological heart.”
Piaggio claims that the Elettrica runs silently, “helping to make cities less chaotic and more livable, while also countering pollution from an acoustic point of view.” Of course, a scooter doesn’t really add as much greenhouse gas as regular four-wheel vehicles. Eliminating what little pollution scooters add is still a welcome development, and the Vespa Elettrica isn’t the only one of its kind.