The main objective of the Piaggio Group is to meet the most progressive needs for mobility, through a deep understanding of people and their habits, reducing the environmental impact and fuel consumption of its vehicles, ensuring customers excellent levels of performance. In its effort to ensure the sustainability of its products, the Piaggio Group takes into account the entire life cycle, which comprises the design, procurement of raw materials, production proper, use of the product by customers and, finally, decommissioning, which consists in disassembly at the end of service life and in the disposal and/or recycling of the components and raw materials.
The life cycle of the sustainable product
During its life cycle, every product interacts directly and indirectly on both the health and safety of people and the environment understood as ecosystem quality.
For this reason the Piaggio Group focuses its R&D activities on developing innovative solutions to reduce the emission of pollutants and to increase the safety, reliability and recyclability of its products.
A constant focus is placed on research into vehicles that are at the forefront in terms of:
- ecology: products that can cut the emissions of pollutant gases and CO2 in urban and extra-urban areas; this is achieved by further developing traditional engine technologies (increasingly sophisticated internal combustion engines), as well as making more use of renewable, sustainable energy sources;
- reliability and safety: vehicles that allow a growing number of people to get about town easily, while contributing to ease traffic congestion and ensuring high levels of active, passive and preventive safety;
- recyclability, products that reduce the environmental impact at the end of their life cycle to a minimum;
- cost-effectiveness, vehicles with lower running and maintenance costs.
A vocation that reaches far back
Piaggio's emphasis on the environmental compatibility of its products has deep roots; in 1978 it produced the Ape Elettrocar, featuring an electric motor with incorporated differential and Pb batteries, a forerunner of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). In 1995 it was followed by the electric Porter. In the field of two-wheelers, in 1994 the Zip&Zip was put on the market, the first scooter with dual mode drive in the world, that is, equipped with two engines-electric and conventional catalytic, to be used in alternation; in 2001 came the Electric Zip, a ZEV.
Still today, this emphasis is seen in the spread of hybrid or full electric products on diff erent vehicle types (2, 3, 4 wheels).
In late 2015 production was started of the Piaggio eBike, marketed under the name Wi-Bike to emphasise its characteristics as eco-friendly and connected vehicle.