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The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid 300ie

Last year Piaggio released the MP3 Hybrid, a 3-wheeled scooter that featured a hybrid drive-train, largely in the hopes of alluring eco-concious buyers who were looking for an alternative to their daily driver. The first incarnation of the scooter failed pretty miserably, only 80 of the hybrid 3-wheelers were sold compared with 72,000 of the gas only variant (sold since 2008). Most have put the low sales figures down to the relative cost (9,000 Euros/11,500USD), the weight and the relative lack of power from the 124cc engine. Lanjut →

The K-Way Motus

The Italians have a long history of innovation in the 2, 3 and 4 wheeled vehicle arenas, if most people sit down and write a list of their top 10 cars and top 10 motorcycles you can guarantee there will badges from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, Aprilla and Alfa Romeo dotted amongst their choices.

The team working on the K-Way Motus are a friendly bunch, in that enviable, effortless way most Italians seem to be. The project started life in 2006 at the Mechatronics Lab of the Lanjut →

IZH Concept Hybrid Motorcycle

Designed by the talented Igor Chak, the bike above is a modern redesign of the iconic though little known (outside of Russia) 1929 IZH-1 motorcycle. The concept uses an innovative 60kw brushless electric motor built into the rear wheel hub to provide a hybrid final drive and uses lithium-sulfur batteries. Interestingly, lithium-sulphur batteries are lighter, have a higher energy density than lithium-ion and are cheaper to produce due to the relatively inexpensive nature of sulphur.

The IZH stands for Izhevsk Mechanical Works, a company most widely known for the production of the timeless Kalashnikov Assault Rifle (the AK-47). IZH also produced Lanjut →

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