TVS suggests hybrid motorcycle future

TVS Zeppelin hybrid concept

Indian motorcycle company TVS Motor Company, which makes the G 310 R and G 310 GS for BMW, seems to be planning on a hybrid future for motorcycles.

Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius have around for a long time.

While there have been hints from motorcycle companies about hybrid models and Honda’s PCX hybrid scooter, we are yet to see anything substantial other than concepts like the TVS Zeppelin.

PCX electric futuristic benefits - hydrogen hit TVS
Honda PCX petrol-electric scooter

That’s because fitting one engine in a motorcycle is difficult enough, let alone two.

However, that hasn’t stopped the American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from developing a stealth off-road motorcycle powered by a petrol engine and an electric motor.

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BRD electric donor bike for DARPA hybrid project

TVS Zeppelin hybrid power

Likewise, the Zeppelin has two power sources.

The main drive is from a single-cylinder 220cc engine with a belt drive to the back wheel.

It gets a power boost from a 1200 watt “regenerative assist motor” with a 48V Lithium-ion battery.

While it may not sound very powerful nor look very lithe, it could feature in the future of motorcycling for higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

TVS Zeppelin hybrid concept
TVS Zeppelin hybrid concept

TVS says the Zeppelin is their “interpretation of a performance cruiser motorcycle – inspired from the world of dark custom”.
We reckon it’s a bit frumpish with a bit of a V-Max-gone-wrong look.

Apart from its twin power sources, the bike has lightweight tubeless spoked alloys, 41mm USD forks and dual-channel ABS.

Two other interesting features are an integrated HD action camera as a “dashcam” and something they call a first-in-class “Bio Key”.

We’re not sure what that means!

Interestingly it is India that is forging ahead with alternative power sources, just days after Indian company Emflux announced its electric bike.

Emflux ONE electric motorcycle
Emflux ONE electric motorcycle

One thought on “TVS suggests hybrid motorcycle future

  1. I believe it’s going to be a while before we see any significant market penetration of full electric cycles, let alone hybrids. The main reason being the limited real-estate for power sources.
    Just like the article says – a hybrid requires two power sources and two motors which is going to be no mean feat getting it all to fit into a cycle and be usable for the general population.

    Full electric may be a slightly better proposition however the space to put enough physical batteries to give any viable range is going to be a limiting factor. Trikes and the Can-Am Spyder would be likely candidates but it’s going to require some seriously technologically advanced batteries before we get small sports bikes with range…. and we’ll need some faster charging capabilities right across the board before the lads will be using them.

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