2023 MV Agusta Ampelio

While many riders think of MV Agusta as solely being focused on high performance motorcycles, a quick look through the internet time machine will reveal MV scooters in the 1950s. A closer inspection will reveal a family resemblance to the 2023 MV Agusta Ampelio unveiled today in Milan. Drawing on inspiration from the CGT and Ovunque scooters of the past, MV had Russian designer Maksim Ponomarev interpret the 70 year old models with a modern flair, and once viewed by MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov, the project was undertaken. 

Although MV Agusta had the desire to develop this idea to its present form, the company felt it needed a partner in the scooter space with the experience and production quality to collaborate with on the e-scooter. Kymco, which had introduced the S7 e-scooter at last year’s EIMCA, was chosen as the partner with the ideal basis for the Ampelio’s design. The deciding features of the S7 contributing to the decision was the “adult” dimensions of the riding position and the two removable 1.7 kWh Ionex batteries, delivering a range in excess of 53 miles. Additionally, the motor is rated at 4.1 kW, with a peak output of 7.2 kW. The resulting package tips the scales at 267 lb. ready to roll. MV Agusta claims that the placement of the batteries doesn’t compromise the under-seat storage. 

The designers foresee two riding modes, normal and sport. Combined braking and ABS are currently under evaluation. Still, riders should expect a thoroughly modern platform with keyless ignition and accessories for urban and commuter riders.

When choosing a name for the e-scooter, MV Agusta looked both to the past and the future. The A comes from the A on the back of the 50s scooters, while the rest of the name is nod to electrical amperes. So, while acknowledging the silhouette of the past, the MV Agusta Ampelio moves squarely into the future of urban electric mobility.

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