Vespa’s conceptual electric scooter combines its WWII history with modern design

I am a Vespa fan, I love the minimal design and smooth lines because it makes you feel like you can ride it easily. It isn’t bulky or too masculine, it actually is a gender-neutral scooter in my opinion and therefore loved by everyone. Fun fact: Vespa’s original design was inspired by the Cushman scooters used by the American military during WWII, but its name “Vespa” which means “wasp” in Italian was given to it by iconic aircraft manufacturer Enrico Piaggio because the scooter really looked like a wasp! In an attempt to blend a piece of history with modern design, Mightyseed has created Vespa 98 – a conceptual electric scooter that fits with the needs of today’s world.

Vespa is known to have kept it’s retro aesthetic while still being modern. “We believe looking back to history will give more insight into the future. The Vespa 98 electric concept version is a reincarnation of the original design. The concept is much more like a modern incarnation with sleek styling cues with streamlining features,” says the design team. This electric scooter showcases a bolder look compared to the original one with modern design details like the handles. The mudguard is still placed like it was in the original scooter but now it holds the LED headlight instead. One major difference is this single-seat scooter uses lidar sensors placed at the rear end to notify the rider instead of having rearview mirrors.

The Vespa 98 is powered by a 30 Ah lithium-ion battery pack located in the belly of the scooter which also includes a spacious storage compartment. The hub motor wheel features a sporty look while the sloping tail lamp strip at the rear indicator unit adds a futuristic touch to the concept. The design respects the history while still tailoring it to the preferences that the current audience will have. Vespas just make you happy, and electric ones make the planet happy too!

Designer: Mightyseed Co