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Yamaha shows off eco-friendly bikes

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Yamaha has flaunted its eco-friendly commuter bike designs at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The HV-X concept, which is designed on specifications of a typical motorcycle, is a compact hybrid-fuel machine.

The motorcycle giant, which has not revealed any details about its HV-X, has assured the green machine will provide "high-quality acceleration and pleasurable cruising performance".

The model displayed at the event showed how the hybrid engine can be squeezed inside the HV-X's unique frame design.

Yamaha's EC-03 sketches for the project resembles a futuristic Brompton folding bicycle. The 100% electric-powered city commuter is said to be light, smart, clean and silent.

The Yamaha EC-03 has a lightweight aluminium frame, a 0.6 kW motor, and is powered by a slim lithium-ion battery.

It also features a charger built into the bike for simple recharging from a three-pin socket at home.

Yamaha says that the performance of the motorcycle will resemble a 50cc moped, making it an electric scooter for the new century.

© Press Association 2009