Piaggio MP3 Hybrid: world’s first plug-in hybrid scooter gets 141mpg RideApart

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Piaggio MP3 Hybrid: world’s first plug-in hybrid scooter gets 141mpg

When the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid goes on sale next year it will become not only the first plug-in hybrid scooter to reach production, but also one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles ever made. It achieves its incredibly frugal consumption — up to 141mpg — thanks to a parallel hybrid system similar to that used by the Toyota Prius.

Combining a 125cc four-stroke engine with an electric motor, the leaning three-wheeler is capable of operating on either power source alone or with the two combined for increased performance. But, that’s only part of the story; the MP3 Hybrid could be the first plug-in hybrid vehicle — bike or car — to enter mass production anywhere in the world. Click through for more information, or click the image above for the gallery .

With a normal parallel hybrid, the only energy sources are gasoline and

kinetic energy harvested by regenerative braking; both are used to

recharge the batteries, which then power an electric motor that

supplements the gas engine under acceleration and runs the vehicle by

itself at low speeds. It’s a clever system that can really reduce fuel

consumption, especially at low speeds and in stop-start traffic. The

Plug the MP3 Hybrid into a standard wall outlet and you can fully

charge its battery pack in just three hours. That energy can then be

used to make the scooter even more efficient in hybrid mode or enable

it to run on its batteries alone, delivering a silent, zero emissions

vehicle (it can operate in electric-only mode after recharging its

batteries from the engine as well).

In fact, the MP3 Hybrid can operate in any one of four modes: the

aforementioned electric-only or three hybrid modes designed to maximize

performance, minimize fuel consumption or recharge the batteries

quickly. The later could come in handy if you know you’re about to

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enter one of the new emissions-free vehicles only zones now cropping up

in some Europeans cities. In maximum performance mode the batteries can

While several manufacturers have showed plug-in hybrid prototype cars

and bikes before (the Peugeot HYmotion3 is of particular note), none have yet entered mass production. If Piaggio can

get the MP3 Hybrid into show rooms some time in 2009. it’ll be the

Other than achieving stupendously impressive fuel economy, the MP3

Hybrid looks and works just like the non-hybrid version. The only

sacrifice is to underseat storage — that’s where the batteries go –

which still remains large enough to fit one full-face helmet. The

The MP3 hybrid will retain a scooter’s inherent green credentials too.

Scooters (motorcycles too) neither slow other vehicles down — they


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