Lexus has brought its Hybrid Bicycle concept, first introduced at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, to the UK, in conjunction with the announcement of Lexus’ title sponsorship of the Great British Bike Ride, a four-day charity fun ride that will see hundreds of cyclists following a course from Land’s End to the home of English rugby at Twickenham.
|The Lexus hybrid bicycle concept. Click to enlarge.|
The pedal power of the rider is boosted by assistance to the front wheel from a 240W electric motor, via a 25.9 V, 4.0 Ah Lithium-ion battery, with a choice of Eco or Power modes. And, as with the automotive Lexus Hybrid Drive, there is an energy regeneration function that helps recharge the battery by capturing kinetic energy generated under braking.
Charge time is approximately 2 hours.
The Lexus Hybrid Bicycle has all-wheel drive, by means of a belt system. It is equipped with an electric eight-speed Shimano internal gear system, which references the eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission of Lexus’s LS 600h limousine. The carbon fibre construction shares the same light-but-strong composite materials technology that was used on Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP-winning motorcycle.
There are no current plans for the Lexus Hybrid Bicycle to become a production model.