I really think that electric bicycles are the stupidest, goddamn waste of materials I've ever seen. I get the uneasy feeling that manufacturers are somehow positioning these bikes at well-meaning but ignorant "greenies" that connect anything electric with eco-friendliness.
However, seeing as how the standard bicycle uses nothing but leg power, which doesn't impact the environment in any negative way at all (save perhaps for a little BO at the office), it's hard to understand why anyone would think an electric bicycle was green at all. Or why anyone would think it's a good idea. Especially a car manufacturer that really has no reason to stick its nose into the bicycle space in the first place.
Lexus is the latest auto manufacturer to join a disturbing trend of high-end car makers designing bicycles. Luckily (for now), Lexus states quite clearly that there are no plans for production.
Lexus dubs its bike a hybrid as it combines both pedal and electric power. In terms of electric, the concept bike features a 240W electric motor and lithium ion battery. The electric motor augments the riders legs and puts some extra spin on the front wheel. The bike also features a regenerative braking feature that helps to recharge the battery with power derived from braking.
Mimicking a car, the bike even features an all-wheel-drive mode that uses a belt to deliver power to both wheels. The powertrain includes an electric 8-speed internal gear system that parallels the 8-speed automatic used in Lexus's LS 600h.
In terms of construction, the bike features a carbon fiber frame that delivers strength and integrity at a low weight.
The Lexus bike concept was originally unveiled at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and most recently made an appearance at the Great British Bike Ride.