An incite into what might be the next step for petrol powered scooters. The PGO LEON Hybrid, a mix of both petrol and electric.
PGO Scooters Australia
Forward By Scootersales.com.au
The LEON Hybrid from PGO, a scooter that uses the best of both worlds,
electric and petrol power. Fuel economy is claimed to be on average a
staggering 70 km/l. Due to be launched in full at the upcoming Milan
Eicma Show, the LEON is said to be production ready, which means we
could see the LEON here in Australia sometime in 2011.
We will have more on the PGO LEON Hybrid direct from Milan, until then you can read more from the company blurb below.
Hybrid power has been developed across the automotive
sector due to the cost and range that is currently electric. PGO is the
first Taiwanese company to offer this and many other technological
firsts in one mass produced package. We look forward to seeing the
PGO has finally overcome the problems of hybrid dual-power technology on
scooters, and is about to introduce the long awaited Hybrid Scooter,
800 W high-tech electric motor and 125 cc petrol engine.
Like Hybrid cars, the LEON 125 Hybrid scooter was born in response to
trends in environmental protection, preservation of our planet, reducing
emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollution. Environmentally
friendly is the supreme design guideline of the Leon Hybrid, starting
from the selection of raw materials, lead free paint and mass
In addition, the major feature, high fuel-efficiency which can save a large amount of expense for the owner.
With regards to dynamic performance, its power is the same as any
ordinary 125 cc petrol engine. The Leon Hybrid is controlled and
operated by a high-tech micro computer to reach a smooth transition
between the electric motor and the petrol engine, while in low speeds
the vehicle is driven by a permanent magnetic electric motor, while at
high speeds the vehicle is driven by the petrol engine.
2. Thoughts Behind the Leon
Save the planet
The perfect balance of both environmental protection and performance.
The perfect match of petrol engine and electric motor, to retrieve
residual energy and electricity for use by the power train system.
Average Fuel Consumption 70 km/l.
A spacious and comfortable seat, 12-inch tyres, toe-in angle
design of 27 degrees and a steering head angle of 45 degrees, ensures a comfortable seating position and great handling.
Electronic Throttle + MMI Dashboard
Appearance and Looks
PGO have done away with the designs of the past and gone for
something completely fresh. A classic design that uses the proportions
to maximise comfort for both rider and passenger.
4. Power Unit
While starting, the main power source comes from the permanent
magnetic electric motor. It’s almost silent when the engine has not been
started, and because of no fuel consumption, the LEON is zero emissions
at this stage.
While accelerating with full power, the engine will be ignited
immediately, accordingly the electric motor will also supply power to
drive the LEON.
Retrieve energy while deceleration and Brake
When you slow down or brake, the permanent magnet electric motor will
convert the deceleration dynamic power to electric energy. This will be
stored in batteries ready for the next use of the electric motor.
ECT – TPS – ECM, Fuel Efficiency
The electronic controlled throttle (ECT) has been implemented in many
high-end cars, it is believed that ECT is an inevitable trend in the
development of future motorcycles and scooters. The throttle does not
operate by steel cable, but by TPS (throttle position senor). By
compiling and computing all parameters such as rotational speed, vehicle
speed, throttle application etc, ECM (engine controls module) sends the
signal to the ECT, which controls the intake and outlet valve opening
angle. With such a design, the Leon can be more fuel-efficient and
comply to stricter emission standards.
LEON adopts PGO's exclusive MMI (Man–Machine Interface Speedometer) LCD
instrument, superior image clarity, faster response, switchable by needs
(mileage, fuel amount, time, battery voltage, ambient temperature,
power information, fuel consumption). With additional features of 0-400m
and 0 – 100 km/h time counting functions.
Considering long ride comfort, PGO lengthens the seat to 775 mm long.
PGO has also widened the seat, providing excellent support and a
comfortable seating position for both rider and passenger.
The front and rear large hydraulic discs provide excellent braking
performance. The LEON is equipped with a twin-piston calliper on both
the front and rear braking system, the front disc is 245 mm and rear
disc is 190 mm. The Leon also runs braided lines, maximising fluid
The LEON 125 Hybrid is equipped with a H4 headlight. Rear lamp, front
and rear signal lamps are using energy saving LED lighting which
provides good visibility and safety at all times.
Rear Shock Absorber
The LEON is equipped with two rear shock absorbers which are adjustable
in five stages in accordance with driver’s behaviour and road condition.
Passenger Foot Rest
Easy access to the passenger foot rests, just touching the rests by foot opens them for use, no need to operate by hand.
Besides the 6 in1 magnetic anti-theft lock, the LEON is equipped with a
secondary power-cut-out switch inside the luggage compartment.