Auto-branded bicycles are a dime a dozen, but this example — which wears Lexus’ nameplate — is an interesting departure. It’s a hybrid-electric vehicle.
The Lexus Hybrid Bicycle, as its name indicates, incorporates a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 240W electric motor and a 25.9-volt lithium-ion battery. Riders have the choice of either an Eco or Power mode and, although it isn’t specified, we would expect the Power setting to deliver as much thrust to the road tires as possible.
Standard pedal power is sent to the back wheel via a Shimano eight-speed deraileur and a belt-drive system, while electrical assistance is transferred to the front wheel, creating an all-wheel drive arrangement. Regenerative braking is also included with the Hybrid Bicycle, just like the Lexus Hybrid Drive system in passenger vehicles.
<;p class="MsoNoSpacing">To help offset the added heft of the hybrid system, a stylish, carbon-fiber frame is utilized. The bike weighs 37 pounds but if you tempted to splurge, you are out of luck. Lexus currently has no plans of putting it into production.
<;p class="MsoNoSpacing">Source: Lexus