Published on February 10th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás
Chicago 2013 – Up Close With the Toyota Prius Bicycle (w/ video)
Toyota didn’t have much in the way of “big news” for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, but what they had on display totally changed the way this jaded gear-head looks at cars in (what might seem to a gear-head to be) a seriously profound way … beginning with the “Prius x Parlee” (PxP) hybrid-electric bicycle shown here.
The Prius x Parlee has been making the auto-show rounds for over a year now, but this was the first time I’d had a chance to get up close to one and check out the myriad aero tweaks and hyper-efficient gear sets, wheels, and low-rolling-resistance tires that add up to a road bike that takes a concept that, like Prius, already exists (the bicycle, rather than the car) and improves efficiency at each possible step.
I’ve got a few more high-res photos of Parlee’s Toyota Prius bicycle at the bottom of this post, but you can check out Toyota’s Prius x Parlee promo video immediately below.