Iconic and Electric Vespa

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."

Image Credit: The Piaggio Group/Vespa

Indeed, this electric Vespa retains the iconic look, but with the added clean energy touch courtesy of a power unit that delivers a continuous 2 kW energy, with a peak power of 4 kW, for a performance that Piaggio said is "superior to a traditional 50cc scooter." It can go as far as 100 km (62 miles) in a single charge, which is doubled in the Elettrica X by coupling the electric motor to a power generator. It takes four hours to completely charge.

An Electric Vespa for City Folk

Like every Vespa scooter, the Elettrica was made for riding along urban roads, with a rather fashionable, Roman Holiday-esque feel. And because it's electric, it also helps free roads from environmental pollution and much more.

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.

Image Credit: The Piaggio Group/Vespa

Aside from these, the Elettrica also comes with the state-of-the-art Vespa Multimedia Platform, a multimedia system that allows the rider to connect a smartphone to the vehicle. This is managed through a novel man-machine interface, with full digital color instrumentation on a thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display.

The Vespa Elettrica is set for global distribution in 2018.

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