Piaggio first announced its Vespa Elettrica electric scooter, and it has since gone into production. We heard about pricing for European markets , but as of Tuesday, Piaggio has opened its US preorders, and we now have actual US pricing.
What will this little electron-powered Italian beauty set you back? A whopping $7,499, some $200 more than we had initially expected. Not cheap, and unlikely to get cheaper, either, thanks to the current government's lack of interest in extending the 10-percent electric motorcycle tax credit.
As a refresher, the Vespa Elettrica's motor is rated for 3.5 kilowatts of continuous output, with 4 kilowatts of peak output. That's around 5 horsepower, which doesn't sound like much until you start talking about the Elettrica's torque, which comes in at 147.5 pound-feet. For comparison, the ludicrously fast 1,100cc V4-powered Tuono motorcycle from Vespa's sister brand, Aprilia, only manages 89 pound-feet. Electricity FTW.
Piaggio claims that the Elettrica has a range of around 62 miles from its 4.2-kilowatt-hour battery, which is surprisingly usable, particularly since thefor a Vespa is intracity commuting and errand-running. Couple that with the comfortable and unintimidating ergonomics of a traditional scooter and the Elettrica makes a pretty convincing case for itself, even with its Level 2 charge time of four hours.
If silently wafting through traffic with a half-helmet, bomber goggles and a scarf sounds like your particular cup of espresso, then you can log your preorder through Piaggio directly for $749. Piaggio says the first Elettrica deliveries will take place in April of next year.