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Lexus hybrid bicycle: Both-wheel drive

Lexus looks set to expand its range of hybrid vehicles in a manner which almost nobody saw coming. Its next concept project, bizarrely enough, is a hybrid bicycle. Say what, now?

Rory Reid
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Lexus looks set to expand its range of hybrid vehicles in a manner which almost nobody saw coming. Its next concept project, bizarrely enough, is a hybrid bicycle. Say what now?

Don't adjust your LCDs, this really is a two-wheeled Lexus. But although it's a hybrid, it doesn't rely on a combination of electric and petrol power. Instead, it supplements the rider's pedal power to the rear wheel with a 25.9V lithium-ion battery pack and a 240W electric motor driving the front wheel, making it both-wheel drive.

Like all the best hybrids, the Lexus bicycle has a regenerative braking system, which converts heat energy from the brakes into electrical energy that's stored in the battery. It can also be plugged into the mains and recharged in a mere two hours. It has an eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission, which, according to Lexus, "references" that of a Lexus LS 600h limousine.

Lexus currently has no plans to mass-produce the bicycle, but it has built a couple of prototypes, one of which is being shown off at the Great British Bike Ride -- a four-day charity ride that will see hundreds of cyclists riding from Land's End to Twickenham.

Have a butchers' at more pictures of this thing in our photo gallery and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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The rear wheel is powered by you, the rider, using a belt system.
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The front wheel is driven by an electric motor, which by the looks of things, is mounted in the central hub of the wheel itself.
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Carbon fibre helps keep weight to a minimum and this wouldn't be a Lexus without a healthy dollop of leather.
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Regenerative braking and automatic transmission make this one of the most advanced bicycles ever conceived.

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