Converted '61 VBB Vespa

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Rectrofit   100 µW

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Converted '61 VBB Vespa

Post by Rectrofit » Feb 23 2021 6:16pm

I would like to share my latest Vespa project with an EV conversion.
The '61 had been sitting on idle for many years and it was time to start restoring it when I started to look into EV options and
started to talk to Rectrospective scooters in the UK about an EV kit for large frame Vintage Vespa's
I did needed some time to process all the info on going electric and what's involved turns out that the EV Kit is plug and play
some know how on wiring is needed but if I was questioning some the I got all the help needed from them.
The restauration lasted 6 months and I was riding an electric vintage vespa
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Re: Converted '61 VBB Vespa

Post by LeftieBiker » Feb 23 2021 6:54pm

If the charger is from the UK then it may well accept up to 250 volts. If so you can use a J-1772 to NEMA plug adapter to charge faster at EV charging stations, as I do with my Vectrix.

Very nice scooter.
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Re: Converted '61 VBB Vespa

Post by Rectrofit » Feb 23 2021 7:02pm

You're right it accept 240v not sure on the fast charge plug need to look into it.
I have 2 batteries and for the trips I make that gives me around 75 miles have not run out yet
Charge is 90 minutes for 80% and 3.5 Hours to full

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Re: Converted '61 VBB Vespa

Post by LeftieBiker » Feb 23 2021 9:05pm

You don't need an installed J-1772 port. You can use a standalone adapter that has the J-1772 socket on one end and a NEMA socket on the other.
2018 Nissan Leaf SL with Pro Pilot
2009 Vectrix VX-1 Maxi Scooter W/ 18 Leaf modules
2018 Magnum Metro with noisy motor
2019 GreenBike folder
2019 3 wheel 36 volt scooter

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