Vespa scooter maker, the Piaggio Group, says they will be selling a plug-in hybrid scooter in the United States by early 2010.
In an interview with HybridCars.com, Sebastian Schepis — chief editor of zoomilife.com and the founder of Zoomiscooters LLC — said, “The Piaggio scooter will be the first plug-in hybrid personal transporter. If it has a top speed that’s freeway legal, it will appeal to a lot of people who need to get on the freeway [for their commute].” Schepis also believes that the Piaggio plug-in hybrid scooter will have “street cred in green circles.”
Well, with a combined fuel economy of 140 mpg, and an acceleration of 0 to 60 in 5 seconds…I don’t see why not. The scooter’s all electric range is still unknown but it will use regenerative breaking to recharge the batteries. It can also be charged from a standard 110 volt electrical outlet.
The scooter will use a parallel hybrid design similar to the technical approach used by most of today’s hybrid cars.
Paolo Timoni, president and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas, committed to the early 2010 release date, in an interview earlier this month on the Fox News Car Report. He also noted that Piaggio is currently going through the certification process for the scooter with the National Highway and Transportation Safety Association. It is also scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year.