New York, NY, January 20, 2011 – BRP presents the Can-Am Spyder hybrid concept vehicle to the public for the first time at this weekend's International Motorcycle Show in New York City. BRP announced the four-year research & development project for a plug-in hybrid electric roadster in December, in partnership with the Advanced Technology Center BRP-Sherbrooke University and with funding from the Government of Canada's Automotive Partnership Program.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the hybrid Spyder roadster will be equipped with an electric motor, lithium-ion battery and the Rotax Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) engine. This engine is currently used in BRP’s 2011 Ski-Doo snowmobiles. With 29 miles/gallon, it is the most fuel-efficient engine in the snowmobile industry.
BRP aims for the hybrid roadster to be 50% more fuel-efficient than the current Can-Am Spyder roadster with comparable acceleration and a total range of 375 miles. It will also cut CO2 emissions by half.
The concept vehicle will be displayed to the public for the first time at this weekend's Cycle World International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. The BRP booth will be located near the welcome center from January 21-23, 2011.
The next dimension in open-road riding, the Can-Am Spyder roadster is a paradigm-shift with its unique Y-architecture. This three-wheeled vehicle, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear, offers a completely new and stunning look. Launched in 2007, it can best be described as part motorcycle and part convertible sports car.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E-TEC, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 90 countries.