Earlier, we had reported that the Vespa Elettrica electric scooter was going to launch in 2020-21. Sadly, Vespa has said that it might not come anytime soon. The electric scooter concept was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Vespa currently has a wide range of scooters in India. At the 2018 Auto Expo, it showcased the Vespa Elettrica as a concept. It was a fusion of retro-styling with modern technology and electric powertrain. The E-scooter is currently under the production process for the European markets. Earlier, we had reported that Vespa was planning to bring 2 electric scooters to India by 2020-21. Sadly, the Vespa Elettrica is not coming to India anytime soon.
First, let us talk about its specifications.
The Vespa Elettrica comes in two variant -Standard and X. The Standard variant comes with a riding range of 100 kms and the X variant come with a range of 200 kms. Both use a 4.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric motor is capable of producing 5.4 BHP of power and 20 Nm of torque.
The X variant comes with a petrol motor too, which helps in doubling the range. Piaggio claims that the scooter will take around 4 hours to fully charge.
Since it has a retro-look, on the contrary, it has the latest features you can get.
The concept which was showcased at the 2018 Expo came with a multimedia system with smartphone connectivity, which can be operated through a new color TFT display. Other features were LED headlamps, ABS, LED tail lights and more. There are chances that all of these might come in the India-spec too.
The TFT display will show remaining battery, remaining kms that the scooter can run, speed, call, and message alerts and more. Well if you want such type of modern mechanism, we already have the TVS Ntorq with that.
Now, the real question comes. Will it work in the Indian market?
As of now, No. Our market is still price sensitive and in terms of scooters, not many people are ready to go above the budget of Rs 70-75,000. At most, people will be ready to pay around 20-25% more than the standard scooter for an electric scooter. So, they have to be under Rs 1 Lakh to become popular.
Given Vespa’s current pricing, we expect it might launch around Rs 1.5 Lakhs. However, it is not happening soon enough.
In India, the Vespa Elettrica will compete with a handful of electric scooters which include Okinawa Praise, Ather 350 and 450 and Twenty-two Motors Flow E-Scooter.
Mr. Diego Graffi, CEO and MD – Piaggio India has commented on this. He said, ” We don’t have a clear plan to introduce the Vespa Elettrica here in India. It’s hard to mention a launch timeline, in the sense that the technology, product, and design patent is there from Piaggio. Whenever we feel there is a need, we can come to the market quite easily, but at the moment, we don’t have a clear plan.”