Vespa shipping hybrid scooters

Vespa has unveiled two hybrid scooters that deliver 25 percent more power and use 20 percent less petrol. You plug them into a standard European 220V socket for three hours to charge them, or run them on normal gas-engine mode. They can run battery-only at low speeds, which is useful in indoor/zero-emissions environments. The helmet-space under the seat has been replaced with a stack of 12V/26Ah batteries.

The company has developed two versions, based on their Vespa LX 50 (shown above, with 50cc gas & 1000W electric motor) and the more sleek and powerful Piaggio X8 125 (125cc gas & 2500W electic motor).


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