Hybrid Lexus Bike - Your New Green Status Symbol?
If keeping up with the Joneses still means buying a Lexus, and you also strive to be environmentally thoughtful, you may want to consider the Lexus Hybrid Bicycle. The company will be showcasing the design concept as part of its sponsorship role at the Great British Bike Ride in September, 2010.
Surely Lexus’ design department was abuzz with creativity as the engineers worked on the concept bike, first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. The bicycle runs on pedal power, a 240W electric motor, and a 25.9V lithium-ion battery. The rider can choose from two modes, Eco and Power, and braking recharges the battery. The light carbon fiber construction, electric 8-speed transmission, and all-wheel drive (hmmm? That sounds better than two-wheel, doesn’t it?) are additional features.
The 240-Watt electric motor, powered by a 25.9-volt lithium battery pack, and the rider’s use of pedals, combine to define the bike as a hybrid. Although your neighbors might be green with envy if you rode one down the street, Lexus unfortunately has no plans at this time to put the hybrid bike into production.
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