Vespa is developing two versions of a hybrid scooter based on the Vespa LX 50 and the Piaggio X8 125 engine (125cc gas and 2500W electric). The new engine provides 25% more power. (Read at Gizmodo or an Italian site translated by Google)
Implications - With the price of gas at an all-time high, hybrid vehicles have become even more important. People are placing a strong emphasis on being environmentally conscious and that has especially become important when it comes to transportation. While automobiles that are 100% electric aren't widely available just yet, the automotive industry should consider creating vehicles that help conserve gas. That way the companies can remain eco-friendly and help consumers conserve gas without paying too much to fill up.