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Vespa Elettrica Expected To Arrive In India By June

The Vespa Elettrica electric scooter that was showcased at Auto Expo 2020 last month is among the many upcoming scooters in India. According to a new report, the Vespa Elettrica will be launched in our market by June this year.

Vespa will be bringing the Elettrica to India via the CBU route from Italy. This means that the Vespa Elettrica price will be much higher than the price of its competitors – Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube.

The Elettrica electric scooter borrows various styling and design cues from Vespa’s conventional petrol-powered scooters. It features a mix of retro and modern elements like curvy body panels, full-LED lighting, chrome highlights, etc. Vespa has also added a full-colour TFT instrument cluster that shows information like speed, battery capacity, range, odometer, etc. It also has Bluetooth connectivity and can be paired with a smartphone via the Vespa Connect app. This enables customers to benefit from features like call receiving and ending, turn-by-turn navigation, receiving SMSes, etc. When it comes to quality, materials, and fit-and-finish, Vespa has left no stone unturned.

The Vespa Elettrica has a 4.3 kWh lithium-ion battery which powers up a brushless DC motor generating maximum power of 4 kW (5.4 PS) and 200 Nm of peak torque. It takes 4.0 hours to fully charge the battery pack. There are two riding modes, namely Eco and Power. The Eco Mode is the ideal mode for a daily city commute, while the Power Mode, as the name suggests, is a performance mode. The Vespa Elettrica range varies as per the variant and the riding mode, and it is as high as 100 km.

The Vespa Elettrica’s suspension setup comprises a single-sided trailing link suspension at the front and a monoshock at the rear.

Because of being a CBU import, the Vespa Elettrica will be very costly. In France, it costs a whopping EUR 6,410 (INR 5,28,267.33) in the 45 km/h variant and an even more stupendous EUR 6,710 (INR 552991.23) in the 70 km/h variant.

Even though electric two-wheelers are now being widely accepted in the country, Vespa will have to do something out of the box to record decent Elettrica sales because of its extremely high price tag.