Elettrica First Experiences
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Vespa Elettrica
Joined: 20 Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Location: Austin, TX USA
Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:17 pm quote
I took delivery five days ago of a new 45mph Elettrica. i've put about 130 miles on it. It is fantastic.

There is something magical cruising around town with the silence of the electric motor. It is so peaceful, so quiet. And yet everything in the area is easily accessible.

I can understand hard core enthusiasts criticizing it because its acceleration is more muted than other brands (which have more aggressive power curves programmed in their software). But it accelerates fine. I can understand a few people genuinely need more range. But I have yet to discharge it below 60% (and that took a two-hour exploration of several neighborhoods around town just to have an excuse to ride it). It could easily do 4 commutes a week for my girlfriend without needing charging. But charging is ridiculously easy. Plug it in, and in the morning, you have a full "tank." No need to go to the gas station, no need to pull out a credit card and pump.

I was surprised by the weight. 270 pounds, I believe, when you include the batteries. I was surprised by how beautiful it is. The paint color, the yellow trim, the subtle sparse use of red.

The app and electric dash feel like they were designed by someone who really didn't understand how apps work and what users expect. But who cares? This thing is a joy to ride. And a joy to look at.

I got it up to 43mph today, on a flat section of road. Up steep hills, it has no problem staying in the 20s. City traffic is just fine with the Elettrica.

As you can tell, I'm enamored. It is my first scooter; it won't be my last. It is so fun. And so practical. And so pretty. And the Zen of driving around without noise is so amazing.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Vespa PX 177 Settantesimo, Vespa GTS Super 300 HPE
Joined: 01 Feb 2017
Posts: 921
Location: London
Thu Nov 05, 2020 1:13 am quote
Welcome to the forum. Nice review.

Electric is definitely the future. One thing I wonder is how the battery copes with a bike being left out in the cold. I saw on Long Way Up they had some problems with their LiveWire's when it was very cold.
Vespa Elettrica
Joined: 20 Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Location: Austin, TX USA
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:15 am quote
I don't have direct experience with it in temps below ~48F. The control unit does reduce charging rates in very cold weather, according to the owner's manual. But I don't know the impact on riding performance nor range.
Vespa Elettrica
Joined: 20 Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Location: Austin, TX USA
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:19 am quote
Obligatory pics enclosed.




1991 T5 Pole Position, 2008 LXS 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3420
Location: Staffordshire UK
Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:41 am quote
Very nice, welcome to MV

I'm always curious with electric vehicles how much it $$$ per mile for leccy?
Vespa Elettrica 70km
Joined: 22 May 2020
Posts: 30
Location: UK
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:15 am quote
££££ dirt cheap , and very green if you use a renewable energy provider like OctopusEnergy here in the UK .
2019 Honda - The Monkey
Joined: 05 Aug 2012
Posts: 586
Location: Somerset England
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:26 am quote
Welcome to Modern Vespa shc.

It's a lovely looking scooter and I hope that you have a great time on it.

Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T, GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 9040
Location: KS USA
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:09 am quote
Welcome to MV. What a great entrance!
Vespa Elettrica
Joined: 20 Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Location: Austin, TX USA
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:44 am quote
When I get my first electric bill, I'll let you know the cost. Everything I've heard is it will hardly be noticeable.

I live in a building with a multi-story garage. I got a 25 amp dedicated circuit installed in my parking space. It is nice to wake up with a fully charged scooter. The design of the cord and its storage and use is excellent. The only issue is that the cord has tension on it that can pull the plug out of the socket. That's easy to prevent as long as you're aware of the possibility.
2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 24 Mar 2018
Posts: 776
Location: south Texas
Thu Nov 05, 2020 6:01 pm quote
Congrats on the new scoot, and welcome aboard. Did you get yours from AF1 Racing in Austin? I recently bought a GTS 300 HPE from them (last month) - good people. I saw the Elettrica they had in stock; nice!

Glad to hear this new scoot is working for you. Keep us posted.
2010 S50 Modified "Punkin"; 2003 ET4 Malossi 187 "ISO"
Joined: 18 Feb 2017
Posts: 574
Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:35 pm quote

Welcome from another Texan. I wonder if Akropovic will make an exhaust pipe for it?
Molto Verboso
2007 Vespa 250 gts / 1961 Vespa VBA / 1964 Vespa VNB
Joined: 02 Sep 2010
Posts: 1045
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:15 pm quote
Although not suited for my riding, Iím glad it works for you!
Have you found premium electricity yet or are you fine with regular?
Molto Verboso
2013 GTS300ie
Joined: 12 Dec 2017
Posts: 1030
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:52 pm quote
Also not suited to my riding, but it is fun if you ride short distances.
The girlfriend is also welcome if she rides Vespa.
She doesn't have to be shy...!
S150, Beo 500ie
Joined: 14 Aug 2019
Posts: 398
Location: Bermuda
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:23 am quote
Doodlebug10 wrote:
££££ dirt cheap , and very green if you use a renewable energy provider like OctopusEnergy here in the UK .
Well, speaking of octopi, from her last photo it looks like she's got a leg (or two, or eight) up on the situation.

Lx 50 2t
Joined: 06 Sep 2020
Posts: 41
Location: Bath
Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:52 am quote
Welcome to MV!

I tried the Elettrica last summer, renting it for a couple of days... it is amazing. If you live in a big city and you know that you are going to use it jost for not too long distances, it is the perfect suit. The acceleration of the electric engine is something you will never feel with the traditional ones, so my suggestion to everyone in this forum is to try one as soon as they have occasion! Just rent one for a couple of days as I did and you will see
Piaggio Fly 150
Joined: 10 Jan 2008
Posts: 3389
Location: Sanibel Island
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:56 pm quote
The performance description seems to lie between the 50cc and the 150cc bikes. Where would you say it is in that spectrum? What would you say the range is in that use? Is the body size the small LX or the larger GT?
Piaggio Fly 150
Joined: 10 Jan 2008
Posts: 3389
Location: Sanibel Island
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:11 pm quote

I would really like to know the above info.
Moto Giro Titan
2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red
Joined: 04 Feb 2009
Posts: 2592
Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:16 pm quote
Great post! Enjoy the heck out of that scoot!
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 4357
Location: Latina (Italy)
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:22 pm quote
Welcome to MV from Latina, central Italy.
Do you like Made in Italy?
Now you will also have to buy the new Fiat 500 Elettrica.
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