Only a few months off being launched to the home market in Italy the MP3 Hybrid looks set to advance hybrid thinking.
looks set to launch the MP3 Hybrid to the world over the coming months
with expectations that the model will be seen as being one of the
worlds most advanced clean usable forms of transport yet developed.
The MP3 works on the combination of both electric and
combustion propulsion but gives the rider endless possibilities. The
MP3 incorporates a system where it can run electric only making it a
true zero emission vehicle, petrol only for when full power is required
or a combination of both. The MP3 Hybrid will also adapt "Fly by Wire"
technology doing away with normal throttle cables and using a system
that will directly link a twist of the wrist to the on-board management
system. How about hitting reverse, well yes you can through a flick of
a switch on the dash using the electric motor to guide you
Batteries are recharged as the petrol motor propels the MP3 or a
traditional plug in type outlet exists.The dash will tell the rider the
level that exists in the batteries and the "Fly by Wire" system will
redirect to petrol power if the battery levels are low.
Two major benefits exist and that is fuel efficiency and carbon
outputs. Piaggio rates fuel usage of the MP3 Hybrid at 60 km/l, this
compared with an average comparable scooter chewing through 26km/l.
Carbon outputs are rated at just 40 g/km this versus 90 g/km for a
comparable sized scooter. These figures are calculated by 65/35 % usage
split between petrol and electric.
Cost may put the MP3 Hybrid out of reach here in Australia but it
would seem that Piaggio have taken creating the Hybrid very seriously
indeed. Creating one of the most advanced and efficient forms of
transport available on the market today.
Cant wait to see this concept in action at the Milan show this year. More to come.....
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