The Chevy Volt just had a little of its thunder stolen

The Chevy Volt just had a little of its thunder stolen http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506768,00.html
The Chevy Volt just had a little of its thunder stolen.
Paolo Timoni, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas maker of the Piaggio and Vespa brands of motor scooters confirmed to FOXNews.com that the company is planning to sell a plug-in hybrid version of one of its vehicles in the United States starting in early 2010. If the gas-electric scooter makes it into showrooms on schedule, it will be the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to go on sale in the U.S., beating the Volt to market by several months, at least.
During an exclusive interview on FOXNews.com's "The Strategy Room," Timoni told the "FOX Car Report LIVE!" program that Piaggio is currently going through the certification process for the scooter with the National Highway and Transportation Safety Association. It is also scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year.
According to Piaggio, the three-wheel scooter will travel several miles on battery power alone, and get up to 141 miles per gallon overall, which would make it one of the most fuel efficient vehicles ever made.
The parallel hybrid design combines a 125cc engine and an electric motor in a similar way to the powertrain in the Toyota Prius, and should be capable of accelerating the scooter from 0-60 mph in about 5 seconds. It can be charged from a standard 110 volt electrical outlet, and uses a combination of regenerative braking and several adjustable hybrid modes to charge the battery on the move, balancing performance and efficiency to the tastes of the rider.
The hybrid is based on Piaggios line of MP3 scooters which have one wheel in back and two in the front that tilt when it turns, much like a traditional two-wheel motorcycle. The design gives it added stability at speed, and allows it to stand up without a kickstand when stopped.
Pricing has not been set, but Timoni says to expect the MP3 hybrid to cost $8,000-$9,000 when it hits showrooms next year, about the same price as the current top of the line MP3 models.
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its going to be an uphill climb for GM thats for sure
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wrote:

its going to be an uphill climb for GM thats for sure ================================================ What are you talking about? The Volt is a passenger sedan. This thing is a scooter. Jimmy-Welfare-Man-Higgins is really grasping at straws.
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On Mar 7, 2:33 pm, "80 Knight" <nospam> wrote:

GM is getting it from all sides (hybrid scooter, low cost HEV, pure EVs (electric vehicle)) etc...
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In wrote:

1. The Volt isn't a hybrid; it's all electric. 2. The Volt isn't a motor scooter.
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"It will use a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range- extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when you drive beyond the 40-mile battery range."
It is a hybrid
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"It will use a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range- extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when you drive beyond the 40-mile battery range."
It is a hybrid =================================================If you don't go over the 40 mile battery range, the engine never turns on. It's all electric.
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and . . . GM already produced an all electric plug in car over a decade ago, there's one still surviving in a museum somewhere. Electrics vehicles mean a serious loss of revenue for governments, repair shops and manufacturers. Electrics have too few moving parts and the only people to get aftermarket money out of an electric will be the battery companies. The motors hardly ever wear out and the parts that do wear in them can be fixed fairly easily by back yard "mechanics". Look to see electrics getting a hefty road tax on them soon after they become available.
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A one seat scooter for $9,000? There is a TWO seat car on the market TODAY one can buy for $105,000 as well. Sure makes the five passenger Volt, with a trunk, look like a good buy in comparison. LOL

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Mike Hunter turned on the Etch-A-Sketch and wrote:

Huh?
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What??

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Mike Hunter turned on the Etch-A-Sketch and wrote:

I see a reply but nothing there.
Mike?
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You can get any GM car you want for $1
It does not matter what price they put on it because the taxpayers pay anyway.
They do not care what quality they produce either because they always get their bonuses no matter what.
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What??

You can get any GM car you want for $1
It does not matter what price they put on it because the taxpayers pay anyway.
They do not care what quality they produce either because they always get their bonuses no matter what.
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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com /
On Pierres Chevy lot next door, you can buy a Tahoe and get an Aveo for $1.
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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com /
On Pierres Chevy lot next door, you can buy a Tahoe and get an Aveo for $1. =================================================== Watch the news. There are several manufactures doing this, Ford, Toyota, Mazda, etc.
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Me thinks it is the dealers dealing LOL
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If that true, then you are paying way too much for the Tahoe LOL

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On Pierres Chevy lot next door, you can buy a Tahoe and get an Aveo for $1.
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