The Best Electric Mopeds To Ride in 2022
So who’s the bike really for? Rider looking for a clean, easy-to-charge zero-emissions bike. City-locked riders happy with modest speeds up to around 30mph (40kph). Riders looking for a light, simple introduction to motorbikes albeit with a limited range, in spite of of whether they fit that Gen Z demographic or not. Riders looking to take longer journeys over 30 miles or riders tackling roads with a speed limit over 30mph… keep moving…
Piaggio One: £2,500 (£2,011 with UK EV Grant) Piaggio
Piaggio One Active: £3,000 (£2,411 with UK EV Grant) Piaggio
High-end traditional scooter style
The Elettrica (from £5,480) is an electric moped that looks and feels like a ‘real’ moped. It’s Vespa sized, it’s Vespa weight, and jumping on the bike feels like a regular Vespa in the best possible way. The styling matches the brand’s typical Primavera form, with the main body panels in silver and a choice of six accent colours – the Azzuro Elettrico ‘eco’ blue piping subtly suggesting, ‘yes, I’m riding an electric scooter’.
As soon as you put the bike in excursion mode though everything changes. None of that Vespa physical petrol engine feel or Vespa petrol noise… but, also in the best possible way. The Elettrica is quiet, not ‘near silent’ like the Piaggio 1, but close. More of a hum than a whisper. It’s quiet enough to surprise pedestrians who are used to that regular Vespa shape and sound.
WIRED tested the Elettrica 45kph (30mph), the more modest of the two bikes in the range, and as a 50cc equivalent it can be ridden on a regular UK drivers licence. Similar to the 1 the Elettrica is appropriate to the city where the modest top speed isn’t an issue – often that less lively speeding up (in 20 and 30mph zones) truly represents a speeding-ticket saving virtue. It needs to be noted though that the steady speeding up did give us a few moments where we backed off from overtaking, knowing that ‘oomph’ wouldn’t be there at the last moment.
Come to park the bike and you’ll now notice the Elettrica weighs 130kg. It’s not a crazy weight for a bike, but that’s 15kg more than the ‘equivalent’ petrol Vespa Primavera, and 45kg more than the Piaggio 1 (also reviewed here). On the road, this manifests itself in strong and planted handling, but when parking or lifting the bike it’s noticeable heft.
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