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Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid

Gas-Electric Hybrid Technology: Not For Prius Owners Anymore

Say: Electric + Thermic = Hy

We Say: With two motors, we more bang for our (considerable) Hy buck.

They Say: + Thermic = Hy Tech We Say: two motors, we expect more

Carving through Rome’s bustling streets on Piaggio’s MP3 I’m more aware normal of honking horns and buses. That’s because the electric motor makes no noise at all.

I don’t to get left behind, so without down I press and hold a on the right handlebar. Suddenly the is transformed, accelerating with the of both gas and battery power. one short burst of near big-scooter speed, I’m in the pack

It’s an impressive debut by a that brings a new era of environmentally technology to the motorcycling world. has invested $14 million on the project the last four years-has the hybrid gas-electric concept for two Or in this case, three

The looks almost identical to a MP3. It’s attractive by standards, with an aggressive stare, metallic-white paintwork and a dual-seat with pillion The big difference is the powerplant, an air-cooled motor that generates 3.5 bhp and lb.-ft. of torque.

It’s joined by the 124cc, combustion engine.

Our test in Rome’s Villa Borghese, a park criss-crossed with roads and paths. Top speed in mode is theoretically limited to 20 but I quickly managed 26 mph downhill. quite enough when with bicycles and pedestrians.

mode wasn’t really enough outside the park, in gladiatorial traffic. It didn’t dangerously slow, but it was no fun being by cars and conventional scooters.

Despite its 531-pound weight, the rumbled up to about 50 mph quickly the power of its gasoline engine. It pleasantly smooth and effortless, it would cope with road use quite well. And it a slight boost when I the Hy Tech button again to Hybrid Power and add the electric output to the mix.

At a standstill a choice of four modes: Charge (just the gas engine); (just battery power); Power (both); and Electric-R

At a standstill there’s a choice of modes: Hybrid Charge the gas engine); Elect

Handling was excellent thanks to the MP3 chassis with its closely front wheels, but can inspire a too much confidence-as one journalist lapping a roundabout. Ground is limited-especially on the left side, the low-slung electric motor out-and can easily lever the wheel off the ground.

But if the Piaggio caution from quick on good roads, it’s for less experienced pilots on bad It retains the excellent ride of previous MP3s, as the independently front wheels soaked up that would have on a normal small-wheeled scooter. was also very good, to 240mm discs on each with twin-piston calipers for the pair.

Although the Hybrid gets gas mileage, the extra motor less storage space with a normal big scooter. The rear compartment holds a helmet- just barely. But no spare room under the

The MP3 Hybrid goes on sale in September, and is likely to be 50 percent than the regular 250cc. have to save a lot of gas to recoup extra investment, and need to battery life and the cost of as well. For all Piaggio’s clever the Hybrid is simply too expensive for people right now and too slow in mode unless you want to where normal vehicles go.

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