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| Posted 11/2/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -8) |
|On behalf of short-range commuters (yes, I've been elected to speak for them) I would like to say this: Short range commuting is all about economy. As such, we will wholeheartedly embrace things like this hybrid MP3 when they start to make economical sense. In other words, when they are cheap as chips! Great fuel economy is of little use when all it does is offset the astronomical cost of initial purchase... MP3's three wheel system looks pretty neat, but this scooter is already pretty expensive. Add to this the cost of the hybrid system, and it will probably end up costing a fortune. You'd have to travel for several hundreds of thousands of miles before you'd start seeing any savings compared to the cost of running your average Kawasaki 250 Ninja.|
That Ninja will offer more lively performance, as well. Extra 85% power of this hybrid system sounds great, but remember the MP3 is already really heavy for its little 250cc engine and its performance is barely adequate. This extra boost would be most welcome but unfortunately it didn't come for free - it is needed to haul the extra weight of batteries and assorted bits. So I doubt the hybrid version will perform any better than the petrol one...
Still, neat engineering and all that... keep working on it guys, but personally I'll wait a few more years before jumping on that bandwagon.
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