Can-Am Spyder Hybrid Roadster Development Update [Video]

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It’s been about a year since Bombardier Recreational Products announced it was developing a hybrid version of the Can-Am Spyder Roadster. Developed in partnership with the Advanced Technology Center at Sherbrooke University in Quebec and with funding from the Government of Canada, the hybrid Spyder is an ambitious project for BRP.

We met up with Scott MacWilliam from BRP at the Toronto Motorcycle Show to take a look at a working prototype of the Can-Am’s hybrid three-wheeler. The Can-Am Spyder Hybrid project is still early in its development, just a year into the projected four-year program, but MacWilliam says BRP is on track of its performance goals.

Those goals include reducing emissions by 50% and increasing fuel efficiency by 50% compared to the combustion-powered version, while offering similar acceleration to the current Spyder 990 RS roadster.

BRP decided to equip the hybrid SPyder with a 600cc Rotax engine, the same engine powering BRP’s 2011 Ski-Doo snowmobiles which claims fuel consumption of 8 l/100 km (29.4 mpg). The gas-powered engine will be paired with a 20 kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery.

The Spyder Hybrid will be able to run in a purely electric mode, with BRP aiming for a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 20 miles. BRP hopes to achieve a total range of 375 miles using both the electric motor and internal combustion engine.

We’re looking forward to hearing more about the Can-Am Spyder Hybrid Roadster in the years to come, and hope it won’t be too long before we can see one on the road.

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  • bbtowns

    What good is a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 20 miles in electric mode? That’s not quite scooter territory speed wise. I suppose if you commuted in a city it might work some of the time, but they need to do better than that to sell many of these.

  • Michael

    30 mph in “pure electric” mode? ROFLMAO! Who is naive enough to pay that much for this little! There are $1000 50 cc Chinese scooters out there that will beat that. If you want to “save the planet” and just gotta have a Hybrid, get a Prius! Sorry BRP, EPIC FAIL until this is corrected.

  • Richard Joash Tan

    you are an EPIC FAIL, Michael!

  • George

    I agree on the 30mph issue, if they want to sell those bikes as is, there not going to make any money. the price will most likely be higher than the gas versions, is it worth buying for a hiccup of an improvement? To me, the appeal of its upgrades have not convinced me in the slightest. Love the brand though. I have one of there snowmachines and it performs exactly how I want it to.

  • annie

    I own a 2008 Sypder and it’s not only a head turner but a fabulous ride,and I’ve been riding different bikes for over 40 years.My son has a 30mph moped we modded to do 55mph.The total cost for his moped and mods was only $775 and it gets 100mph.This Spyder hybrid concept with 30mph makes no sense whatsoever.I hope the good people at BRP come to their senses and come up with something better to do with their time.

  • bill

    The author of this article,Dennis Chung,is an idiot.Go to this site which debuted the hybrid Sypder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHoeWw-HnUs
    You’ll see the listed top speed of the hybrid will be 85 Km/H (114.95 mph) with a range of 600 Kms (372.82 miles). More than enough to satisfy any Spyder rider.

  • http://www.motorcycle.com Dennis Chung

    No need for names. What I see in the video is a top speed of 185 kph and range of 600 km … but that’s the overall hybrid electric and gasoline together. The top speed I cited of 30 mph (48 kph) is for pure-electric mode, and a total range of 375 miles. Both those figures are backed by BRP’s own fact sheet here: http://corp.brp.com/sites/default/files/spy152_hybrid_fact_sheet_en.pdf

  • Bryan kronika

    Like everything about the spyder, many dem rides. I ride 1300cc bikes, and past. Rode gold wings. I just want to say your still not even close to the engine yet required for a touring bike. You need at least a 1300cc to a 1600cc like your seadoo engine, three cylinders, with at least 40 mpg. I’ll be the first to buy one. Thanks.