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Vespa Electric and Aprilia RS660 are expected to arrive in India by June. Both models will come as Completely Built Units (CBU). We expect a hefty price tag as both models will be exported from the brand's factory in Italy.
Speaking exclusively to the officials present at the event where India's one and only Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory was delivered, they said both the models are expected within 2 months and will be coming to Indian shores via CBU route.
Vespa Elettrica electric scooter was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. The electric scooter features Vespa's signature design of retro looks, curved body panels, and round headlamps. However, this time enclosed under the contoured rear fender is an electric motor.
Upfront the turn-indicators are mounted on the scooter's apron, and at the rear LED tail-lamps is flanked with turn-indicators on either side, mounted on the side-fenders. The floorboard of the Vespa Elettrica e-scooter has a tunnel running in the middle and isn't flat, unlike other scooters.
Vespa Elettrica features a brushless DC motor with a peak power output of 4KW and produces a maximum torque of 200Nm. The motor is coupled to a 4.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The charging times are rated between 3.5 to 4 hours for a full charge.
The Vespa Elettrica features a riding range of up to 100 kilometres on a single charge. The scooter has two power modes: ‘Eco' and ‘Power'. We expect the scooter to come equipped with fast charging as well when launched in India.
The scooter also features a TFT screen for instrument cluster, which is Bluetooth enabled for smartphone pairing. The 'Vespa Connect' smartphone application enables the rider to control a host of features including receive and end calls, display text messages, turn-by-turn navigation; among others.
The Vespa electric scooter features 200mm disc brake at the front, and 140mm drum brake unit at the rear. The scooter when launched could have regenerative braking to increase the riding range as well. The suspension duties on the e-scooter are handled by trailing-link forks at the front, and single-shock absorber setup at the rear. Vespa Elettrica comes with a multi-spoke 12-inch alloy wheel at the front, and 11-inch unit at the rear, both shod with tubeless tyres.
The Vespa Elettrica electric scooter, when launched in India, will rival the Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak, and the TVS iQube. However, we expect the Vespa to cost a little more than its rivals because of it being a CBU import.
Apart from the electric scooter, our sources also reported that Aprilia could bring the RS660 sports bike in India. The motorcycle has already created a lot of buzz in the international market and has a huge following as well. It too will come to Indian shores as a completely built unit (CBU).
The Aprilia RS660 was first unveiled at the EICMA 2019. The fully-faired sports bike features a 660cc parallel-twin engine producing 100bhp. The mid-weight sports bike is suspended on a 41mm Kayaba USD fork and rear monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable. The RS660 also features a host of riding assistance and electronics as well.
Thoughts About The Vespa Elettrica Scooter Launch in India
Brands like Vespa and Aprilia are taking advantage of the new import rules introduced by the government. Vespa is certainly an iconic scooter with a huge following in India. However, with its rivals well established in the country, Vespa electric scooter will not have it easy in terms of sales numbers.