Tempo, Tesa, Vespa: Only very few articles manage to become a synonym for a whole product group. Since the Italian vehicle manufacturer Piaggio introduced the Vespa in 1946, 18 million units have been sold, 1.6 million in the last ten years. Rollers is announced - and now also becomes electric. Three years ago, the Italians presented in Milan at the two-wheeler EICMA a Vespa, the small engine no longer loudly rattling, but purrs quietly: the VespaElettrica. She was the star of the fair, protected by thick chains and attentive security personnel. Only look with ample distance allowed, touch strictly forbidden.
There were numerous announcements, but the quiet and clean scooter took a long time to come. Again and again the product launch has been postponed. Two years after its first public appearance, in November 2018, the first Vespa Elettrica hit the market. It can drive up to 45 kilometers per hour. Now comes a variant with 70 kilometers per hour. Is faster than slow? And what are the two scooters still different?
A better design is hardly possible
Visually, there is only one small difference: Dielangsame Vespa decorate blue stripes on the seat, on the rims and as flank protection around the frame. Otherwise, the Elettrica looks like a Vespa with a combustion engine. "We have adapted the drive to the design so that the scooter remains recognizable and unambiguous," says Angelo Mazzone, Managing Director of PiaggioGermany. The Elettrica is visually a identical twin of Primavera. One as beautiful as the other. Over the decades, the shape of Vespab has been steadily optimized and adapted to the spirit of the times. The Vespa seems perfect, better design with a scooter is barely.
Technically, the two electric models barely differ. Both have the same electric motor with a capacity of 3.6 kilowatts and a battery with a battery capacity of 4.2 kilowatt hours. The 25-kilogram lithium-ion battery is firmly installed and is loaded via a pull-out cable with the seat open. If the two meter long cable is plugged into the box, the bench can be closed. After about four hours, the battery is full. Its lifetime is indicated by Vespa with about 1,000 charging cycles. This corresponds to about 70,000 kilometers and a remaining energy capacity of 80 percent. The difference between the scooters makes the engine control for more or less top speed. And a longer gear ratio on the faster Vespa, resulting in lower RPMs at the same speed. This reduces energy consumption and improves the range at a faster pace.