Piaggio Prepping Plug-in Hybrid Scooter

By KBB.com Editors on November 12, 2008 2:09 PM

Well-established Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio is currently putting the finishing touches on a new, plug-in hybrid version of its three-wheel MP3 model. Spun from its existing MP3 model, this soon-to-launch ultra-green variant will match a smaller-displacement 125-horsepower single-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor fed by a battery that can be recharged in as little as three hours from a standard electrical outlet. In addition to being able to travel up to 141 miles on a gallon of gasoline, Piaggio claims its new plug-in trike will reportedly sprint from 0-60 mph in about five seconds.

According to the company, this new hybrid MP3 will be able to run 13 miles on battery power alone and use regenerative braking to help replenish any depleted charge on the fly. It also will emit just 40 grams of CO2 per mile travelled. Like the original MP3, this rakish plug-in also will permit the overtly enthusiastic to lean it into corners at up to a 40-degree angle while providing more sedate riders with a phenomenally stable platform that's equally adept at just tooling around in town. Piaggio's Hybrid MP3 is set to hit the market sometime in 2009, although no price has yet been released.

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