Piaggio SpA launched the first-ever hybrid electric-and-petrol scooter in Rome today, the company reported. The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid will be released across Europe by August. The vehicle is planned to be released in the United States by 2010.
This is the first vehicle in the entire automotive sector using lithium ion batteries, which can also be charged from the mains, stated the company in the release. The battery charges while riding in the petrol mode. The scooter also can be plugged in to normal house electricity sockets and is fully recharged in three hours.