BRP, the company that produces the Can-Am Spyder, a three-wheeled vehicle that offers the fun of a motorcycle, is considering a plug-in hybrid version of the Can-Am. BRP claims that the plug-in hybrid version of the Can-Am Spyder will still be a sports vehicle and that performance levels are expected to be on the same level of the current model.
The current Can-Am Spyder is powered by a 998-cc V-twin engine making 106-hp. It allows the Can-Am to run a quarter mile in 13.6 seconds at 98 mph.
BRP plans on developing the plug-in hybrid powerplant from scratch with components consisting of a 27-hp electric-motor along side a 600-cc gasoline engine. The hybrid Can-Am Spyder is expected to be 50 percent more fuel-efficient than the current gasoline mile and should be able to travel 19 miles on batter power alone. Total range is expected to come in at 372 miles.
The Canadian government is investing at total of $6.1 million in the 4-year engineering project.
– By: Zain Haq