The Piaggio One electric scooter will be available in three variants – One, One+ and One Active. The scooter was officially unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show on 28 May.
Piaggio have intended the 3 variants of the electric scooter to look alike. Hence, as far as the aesthetics are concerned, all three variants will bear the same design and features. The difference will be brought about by different configurations of the battery and hub motor. The base variant Piaggio One comes with a 48V 1.8kWh battery pack that is paired with a 1.2kW engine. This variant has a top speed of 55kmph. The mid variant – One+ gets the same motor as the base model but the battery is bigger at 2.3kWh. This gives a better top speed of 100km/h. The One Active comes with a 2.3kWh battery unit that is paired to a 2kW motor. This variant will have a top speed of 60km/h.
The Piaggio One electric scooter images had been revealed to the world via the “Tik Tok” app. The scooter is an urban electric scooter targeted towards the youth — the Tik Tok generation. The Piaggio One is intended to be sold internationally. The global sales will start with Europe towards the end of next month.
The Piaggio One electric scooter has been designed in Italy and aligned to the taste of the modern generation, the urban electric scooter features aggressive-looking split LED headlamps mounted on the front, with a sleek tail section. The Piaggio One will bear an all-LED lighting cluster including the tail lamp and the indicators as well. Piaggio has equipped the scooter with a fully-digital colour instrument cluster with auto-brightness. Since smartphone connectivity is a common feature now, expect the Piaggio One electric scooter to offer that as well. The rest of the features will be revealed during the official launch.
With a removable lithium-ion battery pack the Piaggio One electric scooter will have a range of approximately 100 km. The performance of the electric scooter should be comparable to 110-cc petrol scooter. Suspension duties are taken care of by a single-sided linked front suspension and a pair of preload-adjustable rear shock absorbers linked to a double-sided cast aluminium swingarm. Bearing the Urban Travel tyres, the 10-inch wheels are equipped with disc brakes that come with a Combination Braking System (CBS) as standard.
The Italian manufacturer claims that the electric scooter will have generous underseat storage, apron-mounted hook, flush-fit pillion footpegs, and keyless operation. If the Piaggio One were to debut in India it will take on direct rivals such as the existing Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak electric and the TVS iQube and upcoming models such as Ola electric scooter, the Hero Gogoro-powered eMaestro and the Simple Energy Mark 2.
The biggest hurdle for Piaggio in bringing the recently-revealed Piaggio One electric scooter to India will be its cost. Piaggio have a slightly different market strategy for India. Instead of launching the Piaggio One in India, the Italian brand revealed at the 2020 Auto Expo that it will bring to India an electric scooter under the Vespa banner.
Story: Cherry Mathew Roy