MitchJi wrote:Heres your chance to get one of the First Plug-in Hybrids sold In America :
http://gas2.org/2009/03/23/first-plug-in-hybrid-in-americais-a-scooter/Vespa scooter maker, the Piaggio Group, says they will be selling a plug-in hybrid scooter in the United States by early 2010.
I'd prefer to get the best price I could on a used one and convert it to electric.
dnmun, i sold my car voluntarily. i'm all about keeping my life simple and minimizing the amount of stuff i have: one e-bike and no car. the flip side of this is that i'm financially secure, don't live close to the edge, as it were, and am not forced to have a garage sale when unforeseen events occur.
mitch, i've been eagerly following the news of the MP3 plug-in hybrid, and indeed maintain a mammoth thread dedicated to alternative personal transportation on another forum.
i have no faith in piaggio'sÃ¢â‚¬â€or any company involved in the "green arena", for that matterÃ¢â‚¬â€ability to actually meet their stated timetable of 2010, however. this goes for Aptera's 2e, the Tesla Model S, the Green Vehicles TRIAC, and sundry other pie-in-the-sky projects as well.
my current plan is to buy a used, gasoline powered Piaggio MP3 250 this summer. it runs about $4-6k on the used market, and its capabilities are astounding when compared to an electric vehicle: 77 mph top speed; 150 mile range with 5 minute refilling; and dealerships that can service it if it breaks! hopefully the electric world will have something comparable to offer by the time i finish residency in 2013.