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Review on Piaggio ONE

If we talk about urban mobility, the Piaggio Group is one of the best-positioned brands in MP3 three-wheel scooters and compact models with large wheels.

But urban mobility is evolving and tending more and more towards electric motors. The group already has a wheel in the e-mobility field with its Vespa Elettrica. 

The company is all set to launch an equivalent model under the Piaggio brand with a more advanced and, above all, less expensive style.

The Italian manufacturer has worked on a more classic model than its Vespa Elettrica, a superb, overpriced two-wheeler. Piaggio now has a second electric scooter and showed the first photos of its new two-wheeler, called Piaggio ONE, in a press release on May 25, 2021.

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Designed in Italy and designed for a young audience, the new ONE electric scooter resembles the FLY models of the Italian brand. It is a kind of "more classic" Vespa model and much less expensive. One finds on the Piaggio ONE the sporty line of FLY, its well-defined shock absorbers (two large springs at the rear), thin and slender front lights to give it a look a little more edgy than the Vespas.

The technical characteristics of the ONE are not revealed yet, as Piaggio expects to disclose it at the Beijing Motor Show on May 28, 2021. 

On the other hand, a good surprise is that the Piaggio ONE will be available at the end of June. The Piaggio Group only sells Vespa and Aprilia in the Indian market. So far, we only know of one color, a mixture of yellow and grey.

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The manufacturer has already given some information on this model that will include 

  • a scooter with well equipped with two engine modes, 
  • Keyless start,
  • A full removable battery,
  • Full LED lighting as well as digital instrumentation panel with adaptive brightness,
  • The flat floor, box under the saddle and, 
  • Natural positions are also part of the plans.
  • 10-inch alloy wheels
  •  The scooter has disc brakes as standard. 

Cheaper than Vespa Elettrica?

If Piaggio follows the same path as in the combustion engine segment, the Piaggio ONE could cost a lot less than the Vespa Elettrica. The latter has been in the market since October 2018 for an amount of 6,300 euros, which is simply huge for an electric scooter that does not exceed 45 km / h. 

By the way, Piaggio seems to have realized this, as it has been selling a version capable of going at 70 km / h for a few months, almost at the same price - which is an economic model, a model never before seen in the market. When we take a closer look at its technical characteristics, we observe that it is more or less the same scooter, except that one has been unbridled.

One thing is sure that the Piaggio ONE was designed in such a way to reach the young audience as Piaggio failed to reach the youngsters with its first model, admittedly beautiful, but too luxurious. It is no coincidence that the Italian brand has chosen to show the first images of Piaggio ONE on TikTok, the favourite video social network of young people, which was banned in India a few months back.

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One of the shortcomings of the Vespa Elettrica is its lack of a removable battery, the owner must have access to a 220V outlet on the street or in their garage. It will be relevant to see if Piaggio has improved what can be considered as a defect, especially when targeting the urban audience that tends to live in apartments.

When will it be available in the Indian Market?

If we talk about its availability in the Indian market, it will show up here in the showroom very soon. When the Vespa Elettrica was unveiled at the Auto Expo, head of India's Piaggio business unit, Diego Graffi, said another Piaggio electric scooter would be available soon. So somewhere on the horizon, you can see the Aprilia and Vespa electric scooters, but it seems that the "ONE" will take a long time to head its way in India.

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