Piaggio MP3 LT 300 Hybrid Test New Bikes Info

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Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid

Piaggio MP3 LT 300 Hybrid Test

June 23, 2012 | Filed under: Bikes News | Posted by: basit

The first comes from the MP3 Hybrid left us perplexed and heavy under powered, it did not deliver on consumption and therefore emissions of greenhouse gases. Prohibitive … This new version features a block of 300 cm3 significantly changes the situation.

Ostensibly, this new machine monkey his cronies powered solely thermal. Apart from the blue plastic of the cockpit and fairings decorated with white logo “Hybrid” difficult to distinguish … A look at the transmission housing broader leaves, however, thought the presence of the second electric motor. A look under the seat will remove all doubts: lithium ion batteries as well as taking now occupies much of space.

By focusing on the dashboard, there are a new button “HYS” near the handle right: as the 125 version, it selects the operating mode of the whole.

In hybrid mode

We begin our journey by selecting urban mode “Hybrid Power”. In this configuration, the engine of 25 hp is assisted by an electric motor of 3.5 HP. In acceleration phases, and up to 40 km / h, it takes full advantage of the power: maximum torque is reached at much lower rpm ( 27.5 Nm at 3500 r / min, against 24 Nm at 6500 r / min for non-hybrid counterpart ) and saves the resources of the engine where its performance is least effective.

Acceleration is so frank and less noisy. Go 40 km / h, the thermal reasserts itself, and despite the extra weight of the machine ( 30 pounds or 267 kg in total on our balance! ) Is kept almost similar performance for all thermal models ( top speed 120 km / h against 125 km / h for LT ie 300 ).

The second mode, called “Hybrid Charge”, allows for him to recharge your battery. If it empties fairly quickly ( 40 km Hybrid Power mode ), we must rely almost double at full speed in this mode to hope to charge up to 80% in stock. This seriously impacts on final consumption.

About 3 hours to fully recharge, but noisy from any outlet.

The all-electric mode allows you to reach just under 30 km / h to 20 km. This program meets the needs of major Italian cities, which limit access to some of their center for electric vehicles and the speed at 30 km / h. In France, this mode is little used in practice … for now.

Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid

A final mode, rather playful, can perform in reversing all electric: useful for better park the vehicle so the weight.

The advantages and defects of an MP3

The side of the cycle parts, MP3 retains all its advantages … and emphasizes its drawbacks. Long, broad and heavier now, it is not the most maneuverable at low speeds. The roll-lock system ( lock the front wheels off ) help, we can stabilize easily stopped, but the maneuvers at low speeds should be anticipated. Once launched, we find the legendary stability of MP3.

With three points of support we take a certain pleasure even to bow in large curves. Too bad the brakes coupled to the levers and foot have very little sensation and a fluid return on all orders. It also regrets the absence of ABS.

Verdict. Using the four modes described in use urban and peri-urban areas of over 300 km, our consumption was 4.1 liters per 100 km. It is certainly much more than announced by Piaggio 2l/100 km, but it is nearly a liter less than what we have done with its direct competitor, the MP3 300 ie LT.

Sold 8549 euros, 1250 euros more than the whole heat, this hybrid seems so interesting last as long as it is a well developed environmental awareness and a desire to engage in eco-driving by playing each mode.

The question is whether the machine is reliable over time ( battery life ) and the network Piaggio mastered this new technology. The first 125 buyers of MP3 Hybrid seem to have paid the price.

Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid
Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid
Piaggio MP3 300 Hybrid

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