After Piaggio India showcased the Vespa Elettrica, its premium electric scooter, at the Auto Expo 2020, it looked like the high-end Vespa electric scooter was en route to showrooms. It was reported in March that the Elettrica would become the first Vespa electric scooter in India and that Piaggio was take the completely built-up unit (CBU) route.
It emerged in September that Piaggio had no immediate plans to enter the two-wheeler EV segment but would investigate the full localization of the powertrain of the Vespa electric scooter. When the market conditions were suitable, Vespa would launch an electric scooter and in the meantime, the supply chain for electric vehicles is expected to get stronger and there would be less dependence on China for sourcing the scooter’s electrical and electronic parts. Piaggio has launched an electric vehicle in the Indian three-wheeler segment and is coming with a second product there.
With the growing changes in the electric two-wheeler eco-system Piaggio India is in the process of introducing innovative Electric -mobility solutions in India keeping the local consumer in mind. We are exploring multiple platforms for designing Electric-mobility solutions for India.Diego Graffi, Managing Director and CEO, Piaggio India, at the Auto Expo (Feb 2020).
While the Elettrica was to serve more as a laboratory of the electric scooter market, the company was reportedly working on a low-cost Vespa electric scooter with Indian sensibilities similar to models like the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube, with a plan to launch it by end of 2022. The bottom line is that if there indeed a Vespa electric scooter in the product map of the company, it is not expected before 2022.
Vespa Electric Scooter ‘Elettrica’ – Image Gallery
Talking about the Vespa Elettrica from Italy, it gets a 4.3 kWh battery pack and a 4 kW motor that offer a range of 100 km per charge. The e-scooter takes four hours to be completely charged and is also equipped with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
The Elettrica sports a 4.3-inch colour display that supports Vespa Multimedia Platform and offers information like speed, range, charge level and status, Bluetooth notifications and more. There are two riding modes – Eco and Power. The floor of the Elettrica is not completely flat, unlike the scooters that we have gotten used to here.
The premium Vespa electric scooter is priced at around INR 5.5 lakh in Italy and would have been exorbitantly expensive even if it was launched in India.
We’ll keep an eye on the Vespa electric scooter plans, and be sure to check back later for updates.