South Indian product design firm Mightyseed Designs, which modifies famous vehicles of the past in a modern key, has introduced Vespa 98 electric concept. It is a reincarnation of the original Vespa design, produced by Enrico Piaggio. The concept is much more like a modern incarnation with sleek styling cues with streamlining features.
In a nutshell, new Vespa – meaning “wasp” in Italian – designed by Mightyseed looks like a modern scooter with a retro feel. In addition, the scooter is fully electric.
The original Vespa 98 is also known as an iconic scooter that has become a major trendsetter in the two-wheeled vehicle industry globally. Seeing the amazing popularity of the Vespa, it is not surprising to see this vehicle make a major contribution to the development of the Vespa brand worldwide. This vehicle has evolved over the years, gained immense popularity, has broken into sales in many parts of the world, and is now considered a symbol of the two-wheeled world that many have tried to emulate.
Keeping the original Italian DNA, Mightyseed gave Vespa impressive elements and a terribly modern line, which may be the basis for future models of the production line for the Italian scooter. The basic philosophy of the Indian company was to support a minimal design, but it will pay great attention to detail and, of course, functionality.
The most characteristic point is the steering wheel, which is quite different from the classic curved patterns. The handlebar has become a single bar without mirrors, but there is a lidar display that indicates the traffic situation in real-time, and that warns the driver in case of any imminent dangers. Besides, there is a huge storage area available inside the belly, which makes the concept most suitable for the Holiday trip. It is also equipped with the front mudguard that houses the LED headlight.
New Vespa 98 electric concept’s powertrain has a motor located under the only seat available and which is associated with a 30Ah lithium-ion battery pack. No further information is provided regarding power or autonomy.
We don’t know if Piaggio will ever take the Mightyseed proposal seriously, but it will be very interesting to see how such a classic vehicle can adapt to the demands of the modern age and electric propulsion.