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Vespa Elettrica electric scooter will start production next month

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The manufacturer of the iconic Vespa said it plans to start producing zero-emission Elettrica electric scooters at its plant in Pontedera, Italy, next month, with orders starting in October. There is still no specific statement about pricing, but parent Piaggio said it will keep up with the price of the existing high-end Vespas, which climbed above $7,000.

The big news is that the battery electric scooter and its hybrid Elettrica X version will be connected to the scooter, integrated with the smartphone via a 4.3-inch color TFT display, equipped with a neon sensor that can adjust the character's background and color to make it in the middle of the day. Readable at all times. Screen list speed and battery level, remaining range, etc. However, by connecting to the smartphone app, you can get notifications of incoming calls and messages, the buttons on the handles can answer calls, and use voice commands to make calls or play music, as well as GPS data. You can even get a dedicated Jet helmet with integrated headphones and a Bluetooth walkie-talkie.

Powering Elettrica is a lithium-ion battery and electric motor that delivers 2 kW and 4 kW of "continuous" power at peak power and over 147.5 lb-ft of torque, which should be very powerful in Vespa. It has a 62-mile journey and can be fully charged in 4 hours via a cable located below the seat compartment (usually on the fuel cap) and a normal wall outlet. Two riding modes are available, Eco and Power, and reverse.

The Elettrica X Hybrid adds a petrol generator that doubles the range, and the smaller battery pack provides a full electric range of up to 31 miles. When the juice is drained or the driver manually enters it, the generator automatically starts. Select the Extender mode.

Piaggio offers Elettrica its own uniform with a special chrome-plated grey surface and metal reflection, but customers will have many options to customize their electric Vespa, including seven color options such as rims, Vespa badges and seat trims. There is also a new LED headlight.

It will be on display at the EICMA show in Milan in November. Sales began in Europe and then began in the US and Asia in early 2019.