The Indian unit of Italian motor vehicle manufacturer Piaggio is planning to launch a special electric scooter for the Indian market soon. The scooter will be a specialised version of its electric scooter, Vespa Elettrica, which was unveiled at the ongoing Auto Expo 2020.
The Vespa Elettrica is powered by a 4kW DC Motor that allows it to run at 70 Km per hour top speed and 45 Km per hour in the “eco mode”. The e-scooter is powered by a 4.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, which allows it to cover a range of 100 Km in “eco mode” and 70 Km in “power mode”.
The e-scooter is currently available for the European market, but Piaggio has specified that it will be launching a new model for India, catering to the needs of the users here.
“With the growing changes in the electric two-wheeler ecosystem, Piaggio India is in the process of introducing innovative electric mobility solutions in India keeping the local consumer in mind. We are exploring multiple platforms for designing electric mobility solutions for India,” said Piaggio India CEO and managing director, Diego Graffi.
Piaggio’s Vespa Elettrica also comes with features such as Bluetooth connectivity with the Vespa Connectivity mobile app, digital instrument cluster with TFT display and a smart speedometer that offers call and message display.
Besides these, Piaggio also showcased its Aprilla SXR 160 scooter at Auto Expo 2020. The scooter will be manufactured at Piaggio’s Baramati facility and is expected to be launched in October-December this year. The booking will open in August 2020. The SXR 160 scooter is available in four colours — Blue, White, Red and Black.
The Indian electric two-wheeler market is booming with new launches. Automobile giants and electric vehicle startups have unveiled their offerings for the Indian markets. These include Ather Energy, Ampere Vehicles, TVS Motors, Benling India, Tork Motors, Tronx Motors and Bajaj Autos, among others.
Last month, Bajaj Auto launched an electric version of its traditional Chetak scooter. Bajaj Chetak is priced at INR 1 Lakh for an urbane variant and INR 1.15 Lakh for a premium version. The prices are inclusive of all taxes. Around the same time, Bengaluru-based Ather Energy revealed its Ather 450X, whereas Ampere Vehicles launched Reo Elite.
Besides these, Gurugram-based Benling India also revealed its newest electric scooter, Auro, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of the financial year 2020.