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'Leccy Tech Looks like the Chevy Volt may be pipped to the post as the first mass-produced plug-in hybrid by, well, a motor scooter.

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid

Piaggio's MP3 Hybrid and friend

It's the plug-in hybrid version of Piaggio's MP3 recently unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.

The regular MP3 currently comes with a choice of 125, 250 or 400cc petrol engines. The MP3 Hybrid couples the 125cc four-stroke engine with a generator and some batteries that will be stuffed under the seat – still leaving room to lock away a full-face crash helmet.

The MP3 Hybrid is designed to operate in one of four modes: electric only or three hybrid modes designed to maximise performance, minimise fuel consumption, or recharge the batteries as quickly as possible through the regenerative braking system.

Piaggo MP3 Hybrid

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In “performance” mode, the batteries are said to increase acceleration by up to 85 per cent making the Hybrid scoot along in a manner more akin to its 250cc sibling, and that can hit 60mph in around five seconds. In fuel-sipping mode, the MP3 is able to do, Piaggio says, 60km to the litre, or about 170 miles to the gallon in old money.

Battery-only range is quoted as 20km (12 miles). Plug the machine into a standard wall socket and it should be fully recharged in about three hours.

No news on prices, though as the current range starts at £4000 for the 125 and rises to £5150 for the 400cc model, it shouldn't brake the bank. The MP3 Hybrid should be available in the first half of 2009.

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