Piaggio MP3 Plug-in Hybrid Scooter
The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid three-wheeled scooter, is gearing up to become the first plug-in hybrid vehicle available in the United States. From the makers of the Vespa scooter, the Italian scooter should be available to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2010. The plug-in hybrid will go 40 miles on a standard charge and includes a gas powered motor, giving the scooter an estimated 141 miles per gallon. The battery pack is composed of lithium batteries that can be charged in 3 hours from a standard wall outlet. In addition to being charged by plugging it in, the battery pack for the electric engine can also be recharged while running in gas engine mode. The driver can easily switch between electric and gas mode by flipping a switch on the handlebars. The company has not said what the price tag for the Piaggio MP3 will be, but it is being estimated in the $8,000-$10,000 range.