Lambretta modernizes iconic scooter for the electric era

Lambretta Elettra Electric Scooter
The Lambretta Elettra was recently unveiled at the EICMA 2023 motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Images courtesy Lambretta

Lambretta, a name synonymous with the iconic scooter era of the 1960s, has recently unveiled a modern twist on its classic design, aptly named the Elettra. This move marks a significant leap into the electric vehicle market, echoing the shift made by Piaggio with its Vespa.

The Elettra is a homage to the 1950s Lambretta LD, skillfully blending vintage aesthetics with contemporary technology. This design marvel is attributed to a team led by Lambretta’s president, Walter Scheffrahn. The scooter boasts a stylish look that maintains its retro charm while embracing the modern era’s demands for sustainability and efficiency.

Structurally, the Lambretta Elettra is built around a robust steel frame and a die-cast aluminum chassis. Notably, its rear section is uniquely designed to lift up, providing convenient access to the battery compartment and electronics. However, the 4.6-kWh Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) battery, crucial to the scooter’s operation, is not removable, which may influence its practicality for some users.

Performance-wise, the Elettra impresses with its range and speed. Certified by the WMTC, it has a per-charge range of 103.5 km (65 miles). However, Lambretta claims that in real-world conditions, the Elettra can achieve up to 127 km (79 miles) at a steady speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) or 62.3 km (38.7 miles) at a higher speed of 81 km/h (50 mph). Charging is relatively efficient; it takes 5.5 hours to fully charge on a standard 220-V home outlet. Furthermore, it supports fast-charging, reaching 80% battery in just 35 minutes.

Lambretta Elettra Electric Scooter Rear Section
A button-activated lifting mechanism on the rear section provides easy access to the battery compartment.

The scooter’s 4-kW motor, peaking at 11 kW, promises a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph) and delivers a torque of 258 Nm (190 lb.ft). To cater to different riding preferences, it comes with three power modes.

In terms of its physical features, the Lambretta Elettra is equipped with 12-inch wheels and a sophisticated suspension system comprising a double-shock at the front and a rear monoshock connected to the aluminum swingarm. It offers a comfortable seat height of 780-mm (30-in). The scooter also includes unique wooden “retractable” brake levers, double LED headlights, and a storage compartment spacious enough to house a helmet.

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

The Elettra was showcased at the EICMA 2023 expo in Milan, Italy, signaling its impending production. However, Lambretta has yet to release any pricing or availability details. This absence of information makes it challenging for potential buyers to plan their purchases, but it is anticipated that more details will emerge as the production date approaches.

Lambretta Elettra Electric Scooter LED
The Elettra features advanced double LED headlights for enhanced illumination and a modern aesthetic.

In summary, Lambretta’s Elettra stands as a testament to the brand’s ability to evolve while respecting its rich heritage. This electric scooter not only captures the essence of a bygone era but also addresses the current era’s environmental concerns. It will undoubtedly appeal to both fans of classic scooters and those seeking a stylish, eco-friendly mode of urban transportation. Pricing and availability remain the only pieces of the puzzle yet to fall into place.

Lambretta Elettra Electric Scooter Motor Battery
The Elettra is equipped with a 4-kW motor peaking at 11 kW and a 4.6-kWh LFP battery.

Source: Lambretta