Lambretta transforms classic scooter for the electric generation

Lambretta, a name synonymous with classic scooters and a symbol of the 1960s mod movement, has taken a significant leap into the future. The company, still revered for its role in the iconic film “Quadrophenia,” has introduced an electric version of its timeless classic, the Elettra, blending modern functionality with nostalgic design.

The Elettra, a nod to the Lambretta LD model from the 1950s, showcases a design that balances contemporary and classic aesthetics. This project, led by Lambretta’s president Walter Scheffrahn, mirrors Piaggio’s approach with the electrified Vespa, highlighting an industry trend of reviving retro designs with modern technology.

Structurally, the Lambretta Elettra is built on a sturdy steel frame and a die-cast aluminum chassis. Unique to its design is a rear section that elevates for easy access to the battery and electronic components. However, it’s worth noting that the 4.6-kWh LFP battery is not designed to be removable, a potential consideration for those looking for flexibility in charging options.

The rear section lifts up at the touch of a button to provide easy access to the battery compartment. Images courtesy Lambretta

Performance-wise, the Lambretta Elettra impresses with its range and charging capabilities. Certified by the WMTC, it boasts a range of 103.5 km (65 miles) per charge. Real-world performance, as reported by Lambretta, extends up to 127 km (79 miles) at a moderate speed of 40 km/h (25 mph), and 62.3 km (38.7 miles) at a brisker 81 km/h (50 mph). Charging is reasonably efficient, taking 5.5 hours on a standard 220-V home outlet, with fast-charging capabilities allowing for an 80% charge in just 35 minutes.

The scooter’s 4-kW motor, peaking at 11 kW, delivers a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph) and an impressive torque of 258 Nm (190 lb.ft). Riders can tailor their experience with three selectable power modes, adding to the scooter’s versatility.

Lambretta reveals that company president Walter Scheffrahn meticulously oversaw every detail of the Elettra’s design.

Additional features include 12-inch wheels, a double-shock front suspension, and a rear monoshock connected to an aluminum swingarm. The Elettra is also equipped with a 780-mm (30-in) seat height, wooden retractable brake levers, double LED headlights, and a storage compartment sizable enough for a helmet.

The Lambretta Elettra made its debut at the EICMA 2023 expo in Milan, Italy. Lambretta announced plans for production, but as of yet, no pricing or specific availability details have been released. This lack of pricing information makes it challenging to assess the Elettra’s market position, especially against its contemporaries in the burgeoning electric scooter segment.

The Elettra features advanced double LED headlights.

In conclusion, Lambretta’s Elettra represents a significant step in the evolution of classic scooters, merging the nostalgic appeal of the past with the demands of the present. While enthusiasts await further details, particularly regarding its price, the Elettra stands as a promising blend of style, performance, and eco-friendly transportation.

The Elettra is equipped with an 11 kW peak motor and a 4.6-kWh LFP battery.

Source: Lambretta

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