Bombardier and Canadian Government Team Up on PHEV 3-Wheeled Motorcycle

Can-Am Spyder hybrid mockup
In brief: The Centre de Technologies Avancees BRP at the Universite de Sherbrooke is receiving $11.3 million to develop a plug-in hybrid 3-wheeled motorcycle.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Can-Am Spyder Hybrid
Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products

The word

Can-Am Spyder roadster hybrid

The CTA received the funds as a joint venture of Bombardier Recreational Products, makers of the Can-Am Roadster the vehicle will be based upon, and the Canadian government's Automotive Partnership Canada program. The APC is committing $6.2M and BRP $5.1M.

The goals are robust, targeting a 50% fuel consumption reduction and related emissions without affecting speed, power or performance.

Features of the new roadster will include a 600cc engine, 20kW motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to total the acceleration and power of the 990RS Roadster model. All-electric mode will be around 20 miles (30km) and total range will be around 375 miles (600km).

The project will span four years with prototypes progressing in three generations. BRP plans to use the technology in other models when it's perfected.

And so ...

Very cool. The unique Y-architecture of the Can-Am Spyder has made it popular for stability and performance.

Photo credits: Bombardier Recreational Prod

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