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Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept visits the UK

 Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept visits the UK
Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept 27.04.2010

Part bike, part hybrid

Lexus has announced plans to bring the Hybrid Bicycle concept to the Great British Bike Ride.

Originally unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the bike features a 240W electric motor and a 25.9V lithium-ion battery. The motor has two modes (Eco and Power) and the battery is recharged by regenerative braking. Other goodies include all-wheel drive, an electric eight-speed transmission, and carbon fiber construction.

While we're not sure what the point is, Lexus has just made the Honda U3-X a lot more attractive.

Source: Lexus

LEXUS HYBRID TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN INNOVATION ADVANCE ON TWO WHEELS

Introducing the Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept

Lexus has established itself as an industry leader in bringing advanced technologies to the premium car market. Now it has applied the same thinking on a smaller scale to create the Lexus Hybrid Bicycle, a design concept the captures the fundamental engineering and design values of the brand, but with two wheels rather than four.

In every aspect this is Lexus, from the L-finesse design language of the engaging and elegant frame, to the application of hybrid power, an electric eight-speed transmission and lightweight carbon fibre construction.

Lexus has brought what is one of the only two examples in existence to the UK for the first time, following the bicycle's debut at the 2009 Tokyo motor show. Its arrival coincides with the announcement of Lexus's 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.

Lexus has pioneered high performance, low emissions and optimum fuel efficiency with its full hybrid Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain technology. The Hybrid Bicycle adopts similar principles, with the pedal power of the rider boosted by assistance to the front wheel from a 240W electric motor, via a 25.9V Lithium-ion battery, with a choice of Eco or Power modes. And, as with Lexus Hybrid Drive, there is an energy regeneration function that helps recharge the battery by capturing kinetic energy generated under braking.

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 sophisticated 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.

Lexus Hybrid Bicycle Concept specifications

BICYCLE Length (mm) 1,598
Width (mm) 425
Seat height (mm) 900
Wheelbase (mm) 1,080
Tyresize 20 x 1 3/8
Weight (kg) 17
ELECTRICAL PARTS Motor output (W) 240
  Batterytype Lithium-ion
  Batteryvoltage 25.9V/4.0Ah
  Charge time Approx. 2hrs
DRIVE PARTS Gear system Shimano 8-speed internal gear
  Shift lever Shimano dual control
  Drive train Belt drive

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Comments (13)

Mikeado
A Hybrid Bicycle? Well, now we all know what David Cameron will amble to work on in a couple of years' time... while his luggage is transported in a Lexus LS460L.
Apr 28, 2010 5:19 am
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Han Solo
I personally like this idea very much. It would be even more interesting if they were to come up with a lightweight Hybrid Tricycle. That would really clean up the streets and not to mention unclog some arteries....
Apr 28, 2010 4:20 am
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DrPlacebo
Lovely, a bike for fat label whores who want to stay that way.
Apr 28, 2010 2:25 am
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naseef36
This bicycle is really meant for those thick american guys...and like the l-fa, they'll keep a hefty price tag...may be...if an all wheel drive system works on a bicycle,then how it can get into corners??will be any technology...And yeah...give it to the topgear guys...hammond will review it like the l-fa....
Apr 28, 2010 1:28 am
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HommeStar
Will they charge 100K for it and then give us some asinine justification? ;-P
Apr 27, 2010 5:40 pm
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9TNine
Finally - no gas pedal or floor mat problems..! :)
Apr 27, 2010 5:15 pm
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otakki
No fuel is more abundant than human fat here in the US, which really needs a lot of bicycle. By the way, I like how that top tube cross over the downtube to create another triangle. That setup can probably be used on regular bicycle to increase the already double diamond frame's rigidity.
Apr 27, 2010 5:12 pm
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EDavis
If a frame of that design were to be put to use on a BMX or a mountain bike it would snap in half the first time it landed a jump at the junction where the points of the triangles come together. The triangles themselves are very strong but the only way to join them with the intent of increasing strength is to join them along the length of their bases or sides, not at the tips of their points. There's a reason why the basic frame design hasn't changed for well over a hundred years. I'm sure it's plenty strong for an urban bike like this however.
Apr 27, 2010 6:21 pm
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v6s_stink
Just what the world needs, a real expensive bicycle with a hybrid drive that takes off on itself. Just when things can't get much worse the frame snaps in half.
Apr 27, 2010 9:31 pm
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jerry05cod4
cause what is more environmentally friendly than human power?? hybrid?? oooook
Apr 27, 2010 4:16 pm
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lfa
The Alchemist, stop with the rubbish jokes, its not funny
Apr 27, 2010 3:48 pm
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Siawa
Please leave the bikes as they are suppose to be. Two wheels, a chain and breaks.
Apr 27, 2010 3:36 pm
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TheAlchemist
I wonder if you turn fast around a corner if it has problems rolling over.
Apr 27, 2010 3:12 pm
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