The future is – apparently – whatever the media thinks will sell newspapers, or marketing companies suggest to sell their products. The reality is that until someone comes up with a time machine, the future is broadly unknown. What is known though is that while fossil fuels are slowly running out, politicians are working at a faster pace to win votes by banning ‘harmful’ vehicles from towns and cities all over Europe in the name of pollution.
Being chauffeur driven to the airport in gas guzzling cars before flying out to sit on a board meeting of a large manufacturing company somewhere is conveniently forgotten because the motorist is easier to blame.
Until that problem can be solved, we rely on the likes of Retrospective Scooters in London to come up with concepts such as this electric Vespa smallframe. From the point of view of those riders who prefer the classic lines of a scooter over the modern plastic jelly-moulds, this could tick a lot of boxes. They won’t be cheap boxes, but there is no arguing that Retrospective have done an amazing job in making sure they are stylish.
SLUK and ScooterNova magazine got together for a city break in Leicester with an electric E Vespa, together with a petrol powered 125cc Vespa Primavera to see how the quiet one compared to the full-fat classic. You can watch some of the footage here on SLUK (see video above) and for the full story of the scooters, prices and spec, click the link to buy the latest Edition (9) of ScooterNova magazine. You can also read more about it on SLUK in this earlier article.
If you’d like to chat to Retrospective Scooters about restoring or converting a classic scooter you can contact them here.
Words: Andy Gillard, Photos Iggy, Action shot Andy
A closer look at the electric Vespa
New products always in development…