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Hybrid MP3 Coming Your Way… At Last

Saturday, July 11, 2009

SCGT has independently verified a report on Motorcycle.com dated yesterday (7/10/2009):

Piaggio has introduced a hybrid version of its three-wheeled MP3 scooter…Plug-in scooter gets a claimed 141-mpg.

The official words from Piaggio.com stated on 7/7/2009:

The Piaggio Group presents the MP3 Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid scooter  and a vehicle destined to revolutionise urban mobility…

photo:  piaggiogroup.com (*Eco-friendly Italian female companion not included)

photo: piaggiogroup.com (*Eco-friendly Italian female companion not an option)

Hey, there’s even a flashy, new Piaggio MP3 website!  Surely devoted MP3 fans in America would be getting the announcements in their inboxes by now?  Nothing yet.  Although they are looking for a Creative Director and a VP in Business Operations, if you’re interested.

According to Motorcycle.com, the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid is powered by a 124cc four-stroke engine and a reversible electric motor.

According to Motorcycle.com, the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid is powered by a 124cc four-stroke engine and a reversible electric motor.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid Technical Specifications

Internal combustion engine capacity 124 cc (bore x stroke – 57 x 48.6 mm)
Thermodynamic cycle Otto cycle – 4 stroke
Valve gear Single overhead cam, four valves
Cooling system Liquid
Ignition system Inductive discharge digital electronic ignition
Hybrid powertrain power 11 kW (15 CV) at 8,500 rpm
Hybrid powertrain torque 16 Nm at 3,000 rpm
Electric motor Synchronous brushless permanent magnet motor
Power supply voltage Three-phase alternating current
Electric motor control Digitally controlled inverter
Electric motor cooling system Air
Electric motor power 2.6 kW (3.5 CV)
Electric motor torque 15 Nm
Drive modes 4 modes: 2 hybrid, 2 electric (including reverse)
Battery charge modes During braking and deceleration on the move, and from the mains (battery charger integrated in on-board electronics)
Traction batteries Lithium ion batteries
Transmission Variator with centrifugal and torque control
Engine control system Ride-by-Wire with closed loop fuel injection system
Exhaust Catalytic converter
Chassis Double cradle in high strength tubular steel
Front suspension Articulated quadrilateral consisting of four aluminium arms sustaining two steering tubes, and pull rod suspension geometry with offset wheel axle
Rear suspension Two dual action hydraulic shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Two 240 mm Ø stainless steel discs and floating calliper with two 30 mm Ø pistons
Rear brake 240 mm Ø stainless steel disc and calliper with horizontally opposed 30 mm Ø pistons
Front wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy 12″ x 3.00
Rear wheel rim Die-cast aluminium alloy 14″ x 3.75
Front tyre Tubeless 120/70-12”
Rear tyre Tubeless 140/60-14”
Length/Width 2,140 mm / 760 mm
Wheelbase 1,490 mm
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel tank capacity 12 litres (including 1.8 litre reserve)
Consumption (2/3 of cycle in hybrid mode – 1/3 in electric mode) 60 km/l
CO2 emissions (2/3 of cycle in hybrid mode – 1/3 in electric mode) 40 g/Km
Emissions compliance Euro3

(Source:  Piaggiogroup.com)


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:02 pm

    I don’t think I want one. I can not keep my Scarabeo 250 running.
    ED

    • Saturday, July 11, 2009 8:04 pm

      Hey, Ed
      What’s with the Scarabeo now?
      My 500 might be ready by next weekend, they said… Won’t hold my breath though I meant, wait and see.
      _Lorenzo

  2. Ahmet permalink
    Monday, July 13, 2009 4:07 am

    Hi, interesting topic – I have just bought an electric bike that I use to get to work everyday. I Just plug in at work to recharge it and then cycle home.
    Absolutely love the bike, it was cheap and simple to use. I got it from http://www.elecbikeco.com they seemed good but I am sure there are many other companies out there too.
    Good luck
    Ahmet

  3. Larry permalink
    Monday, July 13, 2009 4:52 pm

    Me, I just want the girl in on the bike!!!

  4. denny permalink
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:15 pm

    I really like a white bike. Clean looking. I’m thinking about painting mine before spring next year. Be glad when you get your MP3 back Lorenzo.

  5. Friday, July 17, 2009 4:13 pm

    1st, +1 for Larry, she is the ultimate scooter accessory.

    2nd, thats less power and torque than the MP3 250.

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