Thursday, March 19, 2009

Plugin/Hybrid Scooter at 140mpg - I need one of these!

The Piaggio MP3 500 scooter is a 3-wheeler with 2 wheels at the front.

(Credit: Piaggio)

Piaggio Group Americas, a subsidiary of the Italian manufacturer known for the Vespa, has a highway legal plug-in hybrid scooter in the works that could be available in the U.S. for early 2010.

While Paolo Timoni, the president and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas, has made mention of this plan in interviews the company has made no formal announcement making it hard to gauge whether you can hold it to the timeline.

The plug-in hybrid version in the works is a modified version ofPiaggio's MP3 500 (the Gilera Fuoco in Europe). The MP3 500 scooter in plug-in hybrid version will get about 140 mpg, have a range of 40 miles per charge when running on electric alone and be priced between $8,000-$9,000, according to Timoni.

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