The Vespa electric

The Powascooter PS168, a bike which aims to become the Vespa of the 21st century, is an electric scooter. Fed up with high petrol/gas prices, traffic jams, high car taxes and parking charges then this transport option maybe for you.

The concept is simple. Charge the bike for four hours on a standard mains point, via its portable adapter, and you’ve put 20-25 miles ‘in the tank’. Each 30 miles will add just 9p to your electricity bill. This equates to 1,000 miles of emissions-free motoring for just £3. With no internal combustion engine, you can bank on fewer pit stops and running repairs.

Chances are you’ve never noticed one. Because this is an almost silent bike. Turn the ignition key, twist the throttle and you’re away. There’s no clunking kick-start, no throaty misfiring on chilly mornings. If the 1500w motor emits anything, it’s the slight whoosh of a milk float. Out on the road, this can make for an almost eerie experience. Pull away from a junction and watch the heads on the pavement turn. No noise, they’re thinking.

The PS is as easy on the eye as it is on the environment. The slightly dropped handlebars and deep-drum speedo and rev counter crown a smart front end, while the chrome fittings and yellow dials add a handsome gloss to the metallic bodywork.

A new Powascooter ps168 will cost you £1,850. To purchase and for more technical info see There are many of these on the road already so second hand could be an option.

There are also an increasing range of other makes and models to choose from. For some ideas check this site.

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4 Responses to The Vespa electric

  1. the Grit says:


    That’s cool! Unfortunately, other than the problem of riding to work in a suit when it’s raining, there is the long term trouble of what shifting gas power to electric power will do to utility rates. While, if I understand things correctly, y’all can add a few extra nuclear plants to satisfy the extra demand, over here in the US, our environmentalists have successfully blocked any such progress for several decades now, and show no signs of letting up or loosing their clout. Still, it’s an impressive bit of technology, and even more impressively priced.

    the Grit

  2. matt says:

    I like it when ya positive about something Grit. Those rough edges start to wear down a little, less abrasive, bit like a pebble. 🙂

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Sorry, but I just have a hard time only saying “bravo.” It doesn’t feel like I’ve added much to the conversation. Besides, the subjects y’all bring up just beg to be explored in depth, especially to get the non-US view, and commenting “good work” is not likely to tease extra information out of you 🙂

    the Pebble

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