Open-air sidekick to the Peugeot Onyx Concept, the Peugeot Onyx Concept Scooter also is making its first public appearance in 2012 Paris Auto Show. Borrowing a number of styling cues and finished in the same matte-black and copper motif as its hybrid supercar cousin, this three-wheeled gas-electric hybrid features a trick shape-shiftable structure that allows it to be optimized for prevailing traffic conditions.
In Urban Mode, the Onyx Concept Scooter has a more traditional step-through configuration that puts its rider in a more upright position with feet forward to more easily cope with congested city-traffic scenarios. Pop in the versatile "clip box" that nestles between its seat and handle bars and the Onyx Concept Scooter assumes a Sport mode that more closely resembles a conventional motorcycle. It lets the rider assume in a more natural "dynamic" position with torso forward and feet pointing back towards the trike's rather substantial 200/50 tire on a 17-inch alloy wheel.
This untraditional plug-in hybrid matches a 400cc internal combustion engine with a supplemental electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Collectively, they turn out a very serviceable 60 horsepower and 43 lb-ft of torque. That's good enough to give the Onyx Concept Scooter a top speed of 93 mph, travel 310 total miles - 18 of those in pure EV mode at 31 mph - and return over 117 miles on a gallon of gasoline. In addition to an undisclosed battery replenishment interval on a standard 240V European electrical outlet, the Onyx Concept Scooter also is fitted with a regenerative braking system that replenishes its battery pack on the fly. While the design thinking behind the Peugeot Onyx Concept Scooter appears solid, there's no word on any future production plans.