Piaggio MP3 Hybrid 300ie Launched
The hybrid scooter is also fitted with a ride-by-wire system that enables it to offer four drive modes: two hybrid and two electric modes. Switching to hybrid mode or fully electric mode is made possible with the press of a button, mounted on the right handlebar.
Moreover, it is based on the same Plug-In hybrid technology as the smaller version. The new 300ie version of the powertrain offers performance comparable to a conventional petrol-engined 400cc scooter, Piaggio says.
It is also the world's first hybrid vehicle to combine Plug-In mains charging capability with innovative lithium ion batteries. The battery pack is hidden under the saddle, where the rider can also fit in a helmet and a couple of extra objects. A 12V power socket for charging electronic devices is also provided inside the same compartment.
Piaggio MP3 Hybrid 300ie is already available in Italy starting at EUR 7,990, a bit more expensive than its Piaggio MP3 300ie and Piaggio MP3 LT 300ie siblings, which are priced at EUR 6,090.